This exquisite dark turquoise ?Mermaid?s Treasure? is inspired by turquoise, an opaque mineral that ranges from light to dark blue-green. The word ?turquoise? dates back to the 17th century and is derived from the French word ?turquois? meaning Turkish, because the mineral was first brought to Europe through Turkey from mines in Persia (Iran).? Turquoise was a favorite among many ancient civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians, the Aztecs, Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and even ancient China.
Turquoise has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone. People in ancient times would wear the gemstone as protection. When it would change color, it was a sign that danger was near. Today, it is actually true that turquoise can change color, but it?s more to do with the light or by a chemical reaction.