Understanding colours and their meaning - Turquoise

Turquoise has a hex code of #30D5C8     

It has a calming as well as exciting effect at the same time. Turquoise got its name from the gemstone which were among the most popular jewellery in ancient times. These type of fashion pieces found in Egypt as well as China. The one reason why this stone got popular is because that it can suit any type of skin tone. 

If you want to impress your girl, buy for her a saree with a shade of turquoise. 

History of turquoise gemstones

Historically turquoise has been mined by hand from tiny deposits. Naturally occurring as tiny veins in volcanic regions, this ancient process was long which is why these stone were rare. The colour itself is rare and not found on too many occasions on Earth. The most famous occurrence is the blue sky and the blue ocean gives the hue of turquoise during various times of the day. West Indies and all such islands in the deep ocean have these scenes all day long due to the clear skies and water. 

Turquoise is the first gemstone ever to be discovered or mined and used in all sort of jewellery. It is also the only gemstone worn equally by men and women and popular too. 

It has been mined in Iran for at least 2000 years. They used it on their domes, sword hilts and as jewel pieces. In fact it is the ancient Persian empire which mined these gemstones and then they were sent to France through Turkey since it was the gateway to Europe. The name turquoise originated from the word turkey through which the stones came. 

In Egypt, it was believed to be used more than 5000 years ago, right from the first dynasty of the Pharaohs. There are six mines in this region with two of them believed to be the oldest and all of them are still functional. Most of the mining is done by hand using gunpowder. Since commercial mining is not profitable, it is the local Bedouins who do most of the digging and blasting with great risk to life and limb. 

Finally the next great mines were located in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. With most of the old mines shut down, there is hardly any mining done in USA since the quality of turquoise stone is inferior to that what is found in Iran. 

Let get back to the colour

It is a versatile blue-green colour with variety of shades which look amazing on any skin tone and hair colour. Even lavender does not come close to what magic turquoise can evoke. Turquoise coloured dresses are rare, but if you want to revel in one, pick up some accessory like scarf or jewellery. 

We did mention that this colour is rare in nature, but do you know the two most common places where you find turquoise. First it is one of the colour of the Robin's egg. It is also found in a peacock's feather. Some butterfly wings and fish have this colour too. But the best one are the exotic islands which produce these shades on the skyline.

The only gender neutral colour

Men specifically avoid feminine colours. This practise was more severe and stringent back in the old days. But imagine the same gemstone used for women jewellery as well as a gemstone on the hilt of the sword. Turquoise would have perhaps been the first gender neutral colour, even before the concept of gender neutrality was coined. A steel and turquoise bracelet will look equally good on a male wrist as well as female. 

Most appropriate use of this colour in modern times

Turquoise can be easily used in furniture and wall paint. You can specifically paint the windows and door with turquoise. In craft and decoupage, teal is a popular colour but it is still a close resemblance to turquoise. All creative people should try to use turquoise in their next work of art. 

Wood paint with this colour is a hit both indoors as well as outdoors. This is one exceptional colour along with all the pastels which evoke feelings of the bright English summer. However this is the only colour which takes you to the exotic islands. 

Talking about impressing your girl, this one is a winner.