A turquoise necklace represents the idea of summer and beautiful sun-kissed beaches along a deep blue sea. As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, it’s time to update your jewelry box and get ready for summer fashion. And one item that should never miss from that jewelry box is a dreamy turquoise necklace.

Even though turquoise is the birthstone of December, people associate it with summer. Perhaps it’s about this stone’s unique blue color or its cool feel on a hot summer day. No matter the reasons, jewelers have always loved this semi-precious stone. And because we know you love it too, we have put together some fascinating facts about this stone, along with turquoise jewelry style ideas. Read further to find out more.

Its name comes from the Turkish people

Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones known to mankind. In French, Turquoise means Turkish and this beautiful stone is named after it because it arrived in Europe through Turkey. Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Egyptians used it a lot for jewelry making, but they weren’t the only ones. Aztecs also used turquoise to create elaborate and beautiful masks.

In fact, turquoise was the favorite stone of many ancient civilizations because they believed it had magical properties. In Europe, people believed this stone helped them achieve a higher state of consciousness, while for Tibetans it was a talisman of good fortune. Native Americans believed turquoise to help with spiritual growth while Ancient Persians wore it to protect themselves from death.

Turquoise scientific facts

A turquoise stone forms in millions of years and only in the right conditions. When water enters a sandstone or limonite rich in iron that also contains copper, aluminum, and other minerals, the process starts. In time, (a very long time) turquoise is formed and it gets its stunning sky-blue color due to the copper. Its greenish hue comes from the aluminum present in the stone. A very interesting fact about turquoise is that its vein markings come from the host rock. Gemologists call these markings “the matrix” and study them to find out if the turquoise came from limonite or sandstone. In the first case, the markings will be dark brown, in the second one they will have a warm tan color.

This semi-precious stone comes in a variety of colors, ranging from a strong sky blue to pale green. As you can imagine, most people prefer the sky blue variety, but greenish blue is also at the top of the preferences.

How to take care of your turquoise jewelry

As with any other jewelry, turquoise requires a little bit of maintenance. You can clean it with warm, soapy water and a very soft brush, but it is crucial to dry it immediately. Alternatively, you can use only a damp microfiber cloth to rub it gently. Don’t expose your turquoise necklace to direct heat and protect it from scratches. This beautiful stone has a hardness between 5 and 6 on the hardness scale. This means that it can easily scratch, so it’s important to store it in a safe jewelry box, separate from harder gemstones.

When & how to wear your turquoise necklace

A turquoise necklace is a wonderful summer piece which you can wear with most of your outfits. But, as it happens, some styles are better than others, so here are a couple of ideas that will help you showcase your stunning turquoise jewelry.

At the office

If you want to bring a little bit of the sea charm to the office, wear a delicate turquoise necklace or pendant. Try something minimal with a sophisticated touch and wear it with other simple jewelry.

When going out – boho look

If you love the glam boho look, then a turquoise necklace is perfect to complete it. You can try a larger piece and wear it with a simple delicate blouse and skinny jeans. Add a suede fringed clothing piece to your outfit and you are good to go.

On a formal occasion

A statement turquoise necklace with a simple and elegant gown can do wonders for your style. A great idea is to accessorize turquoise jewelry with black and white or neutral color clothes. This way your jewelry will pop out and, at the same time, bring an elegant touch of color to your outfit.

A turquoise necklace will always be fashionable, especially in the summer. Alternatively, you can also try a turquoise bracelet or a pair of dangle turquoise rings. To view more beautiful summer style jewelry, visit  Ana Luisa online jewelry shop. You will find a great selection of limited edition fine jewelry pieces which you can wear to add sophistication to your style. For more jewelry advice and information, read our other articles as well.

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Ruxandra is a fashion blogger who teaches fashion stumped twenty to thirty somethings how to shop their jewelry boxes for polished new ensembles. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Fashionista, Nylon, and Refinery29.