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Etsy Treasury: Turquoise Treasures

‘Turquoise Treasures’
by Drakestail

It’s a long weekend in most of Canada. Let’s celebrate with a treasury filled with handmade and vintage items from Canadian Etsy sellers! Whether you’re relaxing on a beach or chilling at home, these cool turquoise-coloured treasures will help you enjoy the best weekend in August.

Turquoise Necklace Copper Lariat Necklace - LovelyJewelsBoutique
Turquoise Necklace Copp…

Lilikoi Lane Movember Appliqued Mustache Shirt You Choose Size and Color 6m, 12m, 18m, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t, 6t, 7t - LilikoiLane
Lilikoi Lane Movember A…

Painting of Woman with Big Hair and Goldfish - EarlyMorningProjects
Painting of Woman with …

Ocean Soap, Handmade - Blue Water, Men's Soap - Maplecreeksoap
Ocean Soap, Handmade – …

90s GRUNGE Dress Indian Beaded - Indian Sari - Maxi - Hand Stitched Pearls - Sequins- Loose Flowy - Turquoise - Womens Size S - BuzzingBeesVintage
90s GRUNGE Dress Indian…

Sparkling Electrical Blue Apatite, Faceted Rondelles Beads 5-7 mm - Pack of 10 pcs - 110331-04 - AliveGems
Sparkling Electrical Bl…

Baby clothes, Infant Onesie: Zebra print on blue- 6-12m, baby boy gift - pineapplepetekids
Baby clothes, Infant On…

California Subway Sign, Hollywood Bus Roll, Tram Scroll Vintage Style Art Printed on Styrene 12 x 36 - wordology
California Subway Sign,…

Turquoise flower clip on earrings.  In silver. For unpierced ears. - LittleBearsMom
Turquoise flower clip o…

Vintage metal plates and trivet, set of three painted in blue, wall decor, jewelry display, accessory holder - jensdreamvintage
Vintage metal plates an…

3D Blue and Turquoise Beveled Stained Glass Star Ornament with Copper Lines - Large - SNLCreations
3D Blue and Turquoise B…

Nautical Magnet Board, mixed media message board with vintage maps, boat and lighthouse images, french cottage decor - jensdreamdecor
Nautical Magnet Board, …

Peacock - Wool Felt Finger Puppet - stayawake
Peacock – Wool Felt Fin…

Turquoise and Black Porcelain Cup Mug - jansonpottery
Turquoise and Black Por…

Poolside,,,,,Blue and green chevrons Dog Collar - neckcandycollars
Poolside,,,,,Blue and g…

Compass Necklace - The Navigator - - AevaLillithStudios
Compass Necklace – The …


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Spotlight on Turquoise

Turquoise is a popular gemstone that has been used in art for centuries. Egyptian and Aztec artists and artisans first used turquoise in jewellery, sculpture, and mosaics. Found in light blue to green hues, it may also be flecked with pyrite, or have white, brown or black “marbling”, or matrix. Iran, Egypt, and Arizona, USA are the current top producers of turquoise.

Traditionally, turquoise is the birthstone for December. This honour is now shared with modern December birthstones tanzanite and blue topaz. Believers in the healing power of gemstones believe that turquoise is soothing and grounding, and a great stone for meditation.

This relatively soft stone rates a 5-6 on the Mohs hardness scale. Because turquoise is naturally soft and porous, soemtimes even chalky, it is treated to enhance its colour and durability. Traditionally, turquoise was lightly waxed or oiled. A simple heat test can prove if this treatment has been used, and purists generally agree that this treatment is acceptable. More commonly, plastic and water glass treatments are used to “bond” or “stabilize” turquoise, and these treatments are more permanent and stable. It is up to the individual purchaser/wearer whether to purchase treated turquoise.

Because of its porosity, some care should be taken when wearing turquoise. Its colour can be affected by perfumes, body oils, cosmetics, and even strong sunlight. Store it in a location where it won’t be scratched by other items, and clean gently with a soft cloth.

Because great-quality turquoise is in such high demand, there are plenty of imitation and simulated turquoise items out there. Some common look-alike stones include dyed howlite, and magnesite, both of which are naturally white. These can often be identified by inspecting the beads – the inside of the drilled hole should be the same colour as the stone. If it’s white, it’s fake. There are also plastic and glass fakes, which can usually be identified by their feel/texture, and by the potential presence of bubbles. Plastic can be identified by introducing a hot item to an inconspicuous spot to see if it melts.

Find some great gift ideas for yourself or your favourite December birthday!

Turquoise and Moonstone necklace and earring jewellery set

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