July has come upon us rather quickly as the season of summer continues to fly by. All month, you’ll likely hear plenty about ruby—it’s sort of the headliner where birthstones are concerned—but I find turquoise, an alternate choice for July birthdays, to be far more compelling.
For starters, it’s a perfect representation of the month. Hot and sticky, and often filled with travel and adventure (in normal times at least, and perhaps some flying this year at last), July is the ideal month to wear turquoise because the gemstone reflects a carefree vibe we all cling to this time of year. Plus it positively pops against any color sundress! I also love it with a floaty white frock or an orangy-red top. And it’s a no-brainer for a little black dress or casual or cocktail attire.
Turquoise in any and all forms is glorious, and there are indeed many options to choose from. But lately what most excites me are the carved variations, reflecting a range of images and symbols that can be not only beautiful but also meaningful.
Turquoise has a rich, multicultural history, down to the ancient Egyptians using it to carve the body of the scarab beetle—a symbol to which I’ve been especially drawn as of late. Maybe it’s because I’ve been looking for it, but it feels like more jewelers are offering carved turquoise scarabs recently, and it’s a wonderful thing.
From ancient Chinese artisans to Native American tribespeople, turquoise—notably carved turquoise—was regarded as a powerful and treasured gemstone. The same can be said today: A turquoise gem carved into a meaningful talisman has more influence than ever, offering a colorful, eye-catching alternative to the gemstone-accented precious metal amulets that are widely in demand.
Of course, such carvings don’t necessarily need to be lucky charms or amulets to achieve admiration, as can be seen by some of the examples pictured here. Chances are, if it’s turquoise, it’s going to be good.
Top: Queen ring in 18k yellow gold with hand-carved turquoise and diamonds, $3,000; Dima Jewellery
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