Turquoise is one of my favorite stones! And lucky me, I’m seeing it everywhere! Of course, in my view, turquoise has never gone out of style. It has this ongoing appeal. It can be affordable or expensive, big or small, mixed with other stones or not, and it goes well with gold or silver. Plus, the color! Always gorgeous!
Turquoise has been around forever. In America, it’s symbolic of the Southwest. But it was used in jewelry way back in ancient Egypt. Over 7,000 years ago, it was considered a sacred stone with mystical powers. It was all over the place in King Tut’s tomb. Over the years, turquoise has remained in vogue. Here are six reasons why.
1. Hollywood loves turquoise!
I realize Hollywood hasn’t been around forever. But celebrities set style trends and get people to mimic what they wear. Their photographs are in supermarkets all across America. People pay attention to what they like. And they like turquoise.
Helen Mirren recently showed her love for both the stone and the color. In my opinion, Helen is not just an amazing actress, but someone who consistently shows up on the red carpet dripping in gorgeous gems. For the premiere of the Catherine the Great miniseries, she did not disappoint. Check her out in literally thousands of dollars of turquoise jewelry!
Helen Mirren, left, closeup of David Webb necklace, right
Here's the rest of Helen's jewelry set
Of course, many more celebrities walk the red carpet with turquoise. Like the lovely ladies below.
Stars wearing turquoise
2. Rich people love it!
Turquoise, especially the shiny, deep blue color kind, has always been popular among the elite of society – be it royalty or just the incredibly wealthy. Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune, accomplished businesswoman, and amazing jewelry collector in her own right, owned an exceptional suite of turquoise jewelry.
Before it came into her possession, it has been a gift to Napoleon’s second wife, Marie Louise. Of course, the turquoise is surrounded by gobs and gobs of glittery diamonds.
This stunning tiara is now on display at the Smithsonian.
3. It’s an American gemstone.
Nothing symbolizes the American West like silver turquoise jewelry. Besides all the incredibly talented Native American designers that produce such unique pieces, there is also the Sleeping Beauty Mine. Located in Arizona, it produced the most beautiful robins-egg blue turquoise in the world for years and years.
Some beautiful pieces from Tommy Jackson, a Navajo jewelry designer
Turquoise is considered sacred by Native Americans. Said to have healing powers, it’s also used as a protective stone.
As a frequent visitor to the Southwest, I am always scooping up great jewelry whenever I’m there!
4. It’s affordable.
The nice thing about turquoise is how affordable it is. You can get lots of pretty pieces for under $50. And from everywhere – online, boutique stores, department stores, etc.
These pieces are all less than $50
5. It goes well with either gold or silver.
Turquoise set in gold tends to look a bit more upscale. My experience has been the gold is more prominent than the turquoise in those pieces. It’s also a bit more unusual. Turquoise typically seems to be set in silver. That makes for a boho chic look if you go with dangly earrings and lots of bracelets. Or it can be super classy if you limit yourself to one statement piece.
Turquoise comes in lots of different styles. Choose whatever suits you!
6. Everyday or super classy
Turquoise is something that can easily be your everyday jewelry. Your go-to pieces. Whether it’s earrings or bracelets, big and chunky or small and delicate, you really can’t go wrong.
To up your jewelry game, choose a big statement necklace. Or a bracelet with inlaid turquoise. Pair the turquoise with another gemstone, like aquamarine, ruby, or opal.
Some modern examples of turquoise jewelry
I hope you’re in agreement with me that turquoise is pretty cool. And always in style! Do you have turquoise in your jewelry box? Tell me all about it!
This post has been updated and edited since it was originally posted on February 6, 2020.