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As you can see by this date and the date of the last blog, it has been a while since I sat down to write a post.

I wanted to start off the new year by providing information about various gemstones but I thought why wait until January (my birth month by the way) but begin with one of my favorite gems, Turquoise.

Turquoise is December’s birthstone and 11th year wedding anniversary stone. It is one of the earliest known gems used in jewelry, utensils, and religious ritual items. Southwest Native Americans made (and still make) incredible jewelry from it, the blue symbolizing the heavens, the green symbolizing the earth.

Iran, the US, China and Thibet are sources of turquoise. The robin’s egg or sky blue variety from the Middle East is the most prized.

To care for  turquoise, clean in warm, soapy water and dry immediately. Avoid skin oils, perspiration, acids, and strong solvents.

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