When it comes to summer, style is less about braving the elements and more about wearing them. Case in point: turquoise. Year after year, this rock reigns supreme as the official add-on to warm-weather ensembles. But just how did it gain its popularity (and that beloved blue-green hue)?
A staple in Southwestern-inspired jewelry, some of the largest deposits of turquoise can be found in the arid regions of Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Originally opaque, the stone – considered a gem – is mined as a vein filling that develops naturally in weathering rock. Its coveted color comes later as a result of a mineral oxidation process – similar to what happens to copper when it’s exposed to moisture.
With this bezel-set beauty, the rule “less is more” need not apply. Simply throw on your best little white dress and pile on this must-own stone.
By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer
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