Turquoise - Birthstone for December

Turquoise is believed to be the most ancient precious stone as evidenced by the fact that it has been found set in jewels more than seven thousand years old. The oldest turquoise mines have been unearthed in Egypt. Many cultures, including the Persians, Incas, Aztecs, Indians and Egyptians worshipped turquoise and associated the stone with sanctity and power. They viewed the stone as a symbol of the deity owing to its colour that was identical to the colour of the heavens, and they believed that this stone could bring good fortune, happiness and protection to its owners.