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Turquoise and Turquoise Bead Necklaces

Updated on November 23, 2014

Popular Turquoise Necklaces

Why is it that people who love the water are often drawn to Turquoise? Perhaps the old belief that the turquoise gemstone somehow is connected to the natural purity of water has something to do with it. Or, Maybe it just that turquoise is the color of beautiful water.

Turquoise is also said to represent harmony in the home, as well as true friendship. if you're looking for a unique gift for someone special, perhaps a family member or a close friend, choose turquoise!

Give a gift with a southwestern feel when you give a turquoise necklace. Turquoise necklaces are available in a wide selection of designs that inspire a native american feel with necklaces made of turquoise beads,silver and gold. From elegant to casual, there are turquoise necklaces that are appropriate for any occasion.

Featured below are some popular turquoise necklaces that will make great gifts for that special someone in your life. You'll also find some interesting information about the gemstone, including how to care for it, where it's mined, where the oldest mines were found, and where Brisbee Blue came from..

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Colors of Turquoise

Blue, Turquoise, Green, and even White

COLOR

Natural turquoise stones range in color from pale blue to a strong green. There is also a white turquoise.

Mottling or webbing running through the blue or green color can vary from gold to brown to black. The color of the webbing is dependent on the 'host' stone where the turquoise forms.

Generally, a stone with a mixture of coloration and mebvving is more prized than one of say, a solid pale blue one with no webbing.

Turquoise from Nevada, USA, PD

Beautiful Natural Turquoise - Bead Necklace

Beads of natural turquoise, accented with sterling silver beads... classically lovely.

The lobster claw clasp is sterling, too.

As well as being green in color, this necklace is also environmentally green, as tne .925 sterling used in making it is recycled.

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Beautiful Turquoise Beads - With Cloisonne Pendant

From the Amazon Curated Collection of very special pieces of quality fashion jewelry comes this lovely piece. The necklace of turquoise beads holds an exquisitely fashioned cloisonne pendant.

With a total of 77 stones, and a gem weight of 106 carats, this is a special bead necklace pendant that a lady of any age is sure to appreciate.

It comes packaged in a necklace box, ready for gift giving. Whether the occasion is Christmas, an anniversary, or her birthday, this is a gift that's sure to be appreciated.

Where Does Turquoise Come From?

Turquoise is a mineral. It's found in a number of places in the world, including China, Iran, Egypt's Sanai Peninsula, Australia, Afghanistan, and Chile.

The U.S. is also an important source of turquoise, where it is commonly obtained during the mining of copper, with which it is often associated. (The bluest turquoise gets the blue from copper)

The biggest turquoise producing states in the United States are:

  1. Arizona
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. New Mexico
  5. Nevada

Old Turquoise Mines

Remains of some of the world's oldest known turquoise mines, dating back over 7,000 years, have been found in regions of Iran and Iraq.

Turquoise Bead Necklaces on Amazon - The Best Turquoise Bead Necklace from Amazon

Choose from bead necklaces in any of the natural colors of the turquoise gemstone - blue aqua, green, or white.

Jordan Alexander 18" White Turquoise with Peridot Bead Necklace
Jordan Alexander 18" White Turquoise with Peridot Bead Necklace

The stones in this bead necklace are diamond peridot, and howlite.

Howlite, often called 'white turquoise,' s actually a less common stone, with veining very similar to turquoise.

 

Brisbee Blue Turquoise

The American Southwest is a rich source of turquoise. Though no longer active, the Lavender Pit Mine, near Brisbee, Arizona, was once the source of particularly beautiful blue turquoise. Known as Brisbee Blue, the turquoise from this mine was recognized as some of the finest in the world. So, if you happen upon some Brisbee Blue Turquoise, it's a fortunate find.

Although the mine was originally opened by the Phelps Dodge corporation for the purpose of copper production, turquoise became an important by product. The name, incidentally, is in honor of Harrison Lavender, an officer of the company.

The Lavender Pit Mine in Arizona

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24" Simulated Turquoise Color & White Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace with Toggle Hook
24" Simulated Turquoise Color & White Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace with Toggle Hook

What a nice compliment the fresh water pearls are to the turquoise beads in this necklace.

 
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How to Care for Turquoise Jewelry

CARE

Turquoise is not nearly so 'hard' as some other stones, like diamonds, and can, therefore be more easily scratched, fractured or broken. Store your turquoise in a soft jewelry bag, and do not place other, harder stones in the bag with it.

The coloration of turquoise can be altered over time through exposure to certain elements and chemicals. For this reason, protect your turquoise from constant exposure to things like sunlight, perfumes and other cosmetics, acids, and dust. Keeping in the box it came in, or in one of those little cloth jewelry bags is a good idea.

Clean your turquoise with warm soapy water, using a mild soap, free of persumes, and dry immediately with a soft cloth.

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Natural Turquoise vs. Imitations and Fake Stones

Think imitation means 'fake' or fraudulent? When it comes to turquoise, it may, or may not, depending on your point of view. The following video explains the difference, and it's actually pretty interesting. The fellow who gives the explanation is an expert on turquoise. He'll tell you why the word 'natural' is so important.

How to Identify Genuine Turquoise

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I love turquoise jewelry! Great lens.

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      angelbucket 5 years ago

      Some gorgeous turquoise jewellery here! The necklace in the main photo is stunning!

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Absolutely love that necklace in your main photo - simply stunning!

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      These jewelries look stunning beautiful.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Lovely necklaces.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Very pretty necklaces - may have to look into getting something like this! :>)

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      Turquoise is one of my favorite stones. I don't have nearly enough. :)

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Beautiful necklaces!