Turquoise Engagement Rings– Your Complete Guide To This Magical Blue Stone
Turquoise is one of the most famous precious stones around and is a highly demanded for jewelry gemstone. This gem has the prestige of being the only stone to be named after a color. Although it is not as expensive as diamond or sapphire, turquoise is just as magical as those stones are. This is why it’s in my opinion, necessary that every jewelry collection should have turquoise in it. So now that you have decided to get a turquoise for your engagement ring, wedding ring, anniversary ring or gift or for any other reason, here are some things to know first.
Turquoise is a greenish-blue gem that was derived from the French word for ‘Turkish’ as the gemstone was first brought into Europe from Turkey. Turquoise forms over millions of years when water oozes through rocks containing copper and aluminum minerals. Here are some tips to know before buying Turquoise engagement ring.
1.Know The Turquoise Varieties in Existence
Turquoise varieties are generally known by their origin locations. Each of these come with their distinct properties. For instance, famous Persian Turquoise is not as porous as the American or Mexican varieties which have a lighter green-blue color because of their porosity.
2.Evaluate your stone using the 4Cs
The four C’s are Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat.
Color and saturation of turquoise are a determining factor for value. Although there is a color that comes to mind when turquoise is mentioned, however there are several shades of blue and green that falls under this word. There are light sky blue, deep blue, blue-green, vivid green, leaf green and sea green. However, the most evenly distributed mid-range blue colors are the most valuable turquoise.
Because turquoise is so beautiful, cutting doesn’t really do much in affecting its beauty, but they can be cut into recognizable shapes like ovals, beads, cabochons and chips.
Turquoise is generally opaque but there are rarer, translucent versions as well. The stone is typically not sparkly.
Turquoise is mined and broken down into small chunks for jewelry. Stones of about 4-8 carat work well for jewelry but larger stones work for well for ornamental jewelries. The price of turquoise in the market ranges between $30 and $60 in the market per carat for a quality piece.
3.Match turquoise with complementary colors
If you are looking for that stone with that chic, classic look, then its turquoise. It works best on cool skin tones than warm tones but warm skin tones can pull it off if used well. Because of turquoise’s color versatility, it works well with many outfit colors. It best complements neutrals like brown, gray, white and black.
4. Glam up your outfit with matching turquoise pieces
Glam up your outfit with turquoise stone or in addition to platinum or gold or in some cases silver which is no less mesmerizing and usually serves its purpose especially when you are on a budget. Turquoise rings are great for an evening look. Turquoise cocktail ring speaks vintage class and elegance. In some traditions, turquoise ring is ideal for promise rings because in many traditions, gifting a turquoise rings means ‘forget me not’.
5. Know the ins and outs of looking after your stone
Buying turquoise is one step and another is taking good care of it so it can have a longer life. Turquoise is a fairly hard gemstone and this means other harder gemstones can damage it when they hit it in a harsh manner. So using turquoise with other hard stones like diamond can make it more prone to damage. Also using turquoise while doing household chores such as cleaning with hard chemicals, washing with soaps or using harsh shampoos can damage it as the gem is very permeable.
6. Be Aware Of Turquoise Imitations
Modern technology has helped in producing chemical formulas that can help create products that are similar to turquoise. You will find it difficult to notice the difference if you are not a gemologist. You will only be able to tell when you find out the price of these synthetic imitations as well as the weaker effect these stones posses. For instance, an imitation called variscite can be easily mistaken for turquoise, only that it has a greener appearance.
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