December babies, happy birthday! Your birthstone is the ever-beautiful and mystical Turquoise.
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It's no secret that this gemstone is a studio favorite - particularly Kingman turquoise from Colbaugh Processing's mine in Arizona. Turquoise is found in HBJ's Ruthie B., Cameo and Vanity collections; read more about the Kingman Turquoise Mineral Park Mine here.
Turquoise is relatively soft, at 5 to 6 on the MOHs scale, which contributes to it's popularity for carving. Comprised of matrixes, these vein like marks are residue of the 'host' rock in turquoise. Currently turquoise is in abundant supply but it can only form in very specific conditions - dry, acidic land (like Arizona!).
Turquoise is one of the world's most time-honored stones. Metaphysically, turquoise is known to lift the spirits and energy levels of the wearer; read more about the metaphysical properties of turquoise here.
Turquoise has spanned many cultures for thousands of years. Used by Native Americans for a plethora of applications; from ceremonial purposes to weapons. Ancient Egyptians called this gemstone “mefkat,” which also means “joy” or “delight”.
Shop turquoise jewelry from Hannah Blount Jewelry here...