Birthstones seem to have a special significance for several people. Ideally, something that signifies the birth month of a person, these gemstones were believed to have certain mystical properties that would act as aids of healing too. The twelve birthstones have a range of different colors, and symbolize a variety of characteristics too.
The Royal December Birthstone : Turquoise
The birthstone for the month of December is the ever gorgeous turquoise. Normally found in the colors blue, blue-green, and green, the grade of the stone is entirely dependent on its color. It is an extremely opaque stone made up with the composition of copper and aluminum. It is said that the word turquoise has been derived from the French word 'turques', because it was first brought to Europe all the way from Turkey.
Unlike a diamond whose best quality stone would be hard to damage, in case of turquoise, even the best grade of this stone is not entirely immune to those occasional little damages. This best quality / grade of this stone is most commonly found in Iran, but apart from that it is also found in Israel, Afghanistan, Brazil, Mexico, China, Australia, United States etc. The use of this stone also dates way back into history, when it was largely used as a part of jewelry and other things.
The use of turquoise in jewelry is probably one of the most commonly seen. It has increasingly started acting as an investment for several people too. Also called the sky stone, there isn't an accessory that cannot be adorned with turquoise. Bracelets, pendants, necklaces, watches, even belts if you please, the list is endless. The best part about a stone like this is the fact that even though it looks simple, it has the ability to dress up any outfit and give it a classy look.
Value of Turquoise
The higher the grade of the stone (and larger the size), the higher the price. The "blueness" of this stone is a large contributing factor to the pricing too. This stone is classified by grades such as very high grade, high grade, average grade, and stabilized grade. The one that ranks well with high quality and rarity is the 'gem grade'. This grade is also known to be one of the best, and most sought after, for investment purposes.
So this was a brief information about the alluring stone, turquoise. Hope you feel more at ease the next time you decide to purchase it, irrespective of whether it is for the purpose of investment, or that of jewelry.