Turquoise is the birthstone of December.It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.
Old Pawn: What the devil does "old pawn" mean? In times past, the people of this area made, wore, and treasured their turquoise jewelry, not only as an item of adornment, or a protector of good health, but also as portable wealth. Not having ready access to banks, or cash money, this turquoise jewelry would often serve as the Navajo family "reserve" or "emergency" fund. Also, the turquoise was thought of as a healing and protecting agent for the wearer.
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