The name turquoise, from the French expression pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, to robin's egg blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Today the world's leading turquoise mines are in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, attributing to its popularity in the American Southwest.
Caring for your turquoise jewelry is a simple process that will ensure that your gemstone maintains its beautiful sparkle. The best way to keep your gem clean is to bring it to your local Helzberg Diamonds store for a complimentary cleaning and inspection. At home, you can brighten your turquoise jewelry by gentling wiping the gemstone with a jewelry polishing cloth and warm water.