Turquoise- History of the December Birthstone

Turquoise- History of the December Birthstone

Turquoise is one of the birthstones for December, the other being the more costly Tanzanite.

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One the earliest known stones to be used in jewellery, Turquoise has been found in tombs of Pharaohs dated to 5500BC and in a huge variety of items from ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iran) including daggers, bowls and decorative ornaments. It also has a strong association with the south west states of America.

Native American culture calls the stone as Chal-cui-hui-tal, meaning the ‘highest and most valued thing in the world’. I first remember coming across Turquoise at school when studying the Aztecs. They were famous for using the stone, particularly to decorate mosaic masks. They considered the stone sacred and the finest examples were referred to as teoxihuitl; ‘the property, the lot, of the god’.

The name Turquoise derives from is arrival in Europe from Turkey during the crusades, giving it the name ‘Turkish Stone’.

Turquoise is a relatively soft stone, and can vary in colour from bright blue green. Turquoise with more blue contains more copper and green Turquoise more iron.

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DIY Advent Calendars

DIY Advent

Ok, its official, we can mention the C word – Christmas! Not wanting to scare you but it is December the 1st on Sunday…
And one of the first official Christmas items to be installed in most peoples houses is the Advent Calendar. Rather than pick up a commercial chocolate one from the supermarket this year, why not have a look at these amazing Handmade, Designer and DIY Advent Calendar ideas and tutorials from around the web:

Bunting Advent Calendars
bunting collage
Hanging Advent Calendars
hanging collage
 Alternative Advent Calendars
alternative collage
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