turquoise

communication .  honesty  friendship

birthstone:  December
anniversary:  6th, 11th

Turquoise got its name from the the French "turqueise" meaning "Turkish" because trade routes for turquoise went through Turkey at the time.  Turquoise was one of the first gemstones ever mined, and was revered by many ancient civilizations including Egyptian, Persian, Chinese, and native North and South American.  The stone has long been prized for its characteristic vibrant blue-green hue, and it is the only gemstone to also be the exclusive name of a color.

Turquoise is known as a stone of communication.  It is recommended to help overcome the fear of public speaking and make a speaker more eloquent and honest.  It is also credited with eliminating writer's block.  Turquoise has long been a symbol of friendship known for creating and improving friendship bonds by facilitating communication and honesty, hence the old saying that “he, or she, who has a turquoise will never want for a friend.”