Turquoise jewelry can be dated as far back as 8800 BC. Paleo-Indians in the American Southwest drilled and shaped stones for jewelry using Turquoise as the primary material. Thousands of pieces were found in Ancestral Pueblo sites at Chaco Canyon.
For the Native American culture, Turquoise signified water and sky, for bountiful harvests, health, and protection according to Maxine McBrinn, Curator of Archeology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Blue-green symbolizes creation and the hope for security and beauty.
For the Native American Navajo tribe, the color turquoise represents happiness, luck, and health. (The History of Navajo Turquoise)
The Native American tribes also used turquoise as a means of personal adornment and to visually showcase their individuality, rank, and history. (History of Jewelry)
As a birthstone for December, turquoise is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits. (alamac.com/content/birthstones-and-their-meanings)
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