There is one gemstone that always conjures up the spirit of summer for me. You guessed it, it's turquoise. Despite it being the birthstone for December, summer has always had a strong bond with the gemstone turquoise. Maybe it the fact that the colours of this stone resonate with the waves of the ocean, shimmer of a swimming pool or that perfect clear blue sky you get when you're on holiday.
One of the great things about turquoise is that I see it used with silver as much as I do yellow gold. The bright stone lends itself well to the cool clean tones of silver and the warmer tones of yellow. As someone who only wears yellow and rose coloured golds I always have a little bit of a bias towards these metal colours. However many designers are often willing to work with all colours of metal when crafting with this stone. Lots of designers have been using Turquoise as it's so bright and opaque that the stones can often look bigger and make a bigger impact than a clear stone. Previous fashion have been for turquoise cut as a cabochon or a bead but I'm definitely seeing more faceted pieces available.
Turquoise has never really gone out of fashion and is likely to be one of the oldest gemstones in history. It was often seen as symbol of wealth and protection in many cultures and in modern days as a symbol for happiness. This seems quite fitting as happiness is often what we're seeking when on holiday. Speaking of exotic destinations turquoise is often found in Iran, Tibet, Africa, Afghanistan and Australia. So if you are visiting one of these countries perhaps think about buying some turquoise on your journey as a memento.
Be careful when buying turquoise as replicas are often used in costume jewellery and you might end up with something not genuine. Be sure to always ask and check product descriptions when buying this very popular stone. Often smooth and flawless stones are more likely to not be real where as stone with lines, veins and other mineral deposits is more likely to be real.
When it comes to choosing a piece to wear I would prefer to go for a statement piece with one massive turquoise stone for a bold and bright look. Having said that I also have a pair of turquoise stud earrings which I live in when on holiday. Nothing looks more coordinated when swimming in a turquoise pool and having also having matching earrings.
These are the studs that I mentioned earlier. Whenever I go on holiday I pop these on before heading off to the airport and they don't come off till I'm back at my flat. I have quite different jewellery taste when I'm on holiday compared to when I'm at home. I wear these earrings in Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite when I'm at home just in case you weren't sure just how much I love them. The turquoise is very opaque on these earrings but nothing look better than matching your earrings to the ocean or the swimming pool.