Meet the Gemstone: Number 8 Turquoise

Have you ever been drawn to a piece of turquoise jewelry, mesmerized by its vibrant color and intricate patterns? If so, you're not alone! Turquoise has captivated people for centuries with its beauty and mystique, and one variety that stands out amongst the rest is Number 8 Turquoise - a highly sought-after gemstone from Nevada. It is known for its stunning blue-green hues and matrix patterns that resemble spiderwebs or watercolor paintings. This unique variety of turquoise is a personal favorite. 

Ancient Beginnings of Turquoise

The name "turquoise" is believed to have originated from the French expression "pierre tourques" or "Turkish stone." This name likely stems from the historical trade routes through which turquoise was imported to Europe from regions such as Persia (modern-day Iran) and Turkey. The vibrant blue-green hue of turquoise was reminiscent of the color of the Mediterranean Sea, which further contributed to the association with Turkey. Over time, the name "turquoise" became widely adopted across different languages and cultures.

One of the reasons I love to work with Number 8 Turquoise is that the stone is no longer mined. Utilizing materials already extracted from the ground is preferred to mining new material.

Turquoise in Native American Culture

Turquoise is revered as a sacred stone with deep spiritual significance for Native Americans. For centuries, tribes such as the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi have used turquoise in jewelry, pottery, and ceremonial objects.

Among the Navajo, turquoise is known as "doo tl'izh ii," or "turquoise that has fallen from the sky." They believe it brings good fortune and protection to those who wear it and use it in ceremonies to connect with the spirit world. Similarly, the Zuni and Hopi tribes incorporate turquoise into intricate jewelry designs that reflect their cultural heritage and connection to the earth.

History of the Number 8 Turquoise Mine

Number 8 Turquoise originates from the famed Number 8 mine, located in Eureka County, Nevada. This mine was discovered in the early 1900s during copper mining operations and quickly gained recognition for its exceptional quality turquoise. The mine no longer produces turquoise but continues to be operational and focuses on gold extraction. This means no new material will be extracted, leaving a limited supply for use in jewelry design. 

Number 8 Turquoise Inlay Ring

Geological Formation Process

Formed from a complex interplay of minerals, primarily consisting of copper, aluminum, and phosphorus. The presence of iron and zinc contributes to its unique coloration, ranging from light blue to green with golden or reddish-brown matrix patterns.

The distinctive matrix patterns in Number 8 Turquoise are a result of the surrounding host rock interacting with the mineral compounds during its formation. 

Chemically, Number 8 Turquoise is a hydrated copper aluminum phosphate, often found in association with other minerals such as chalcosiderite, faustite, and quartz. This specific composition gives Number 8 Turquoise its characteristic hardness and resilience, making it ideal for use in jewelry.

Responsible Sourcing Practices

One of the reasons I love to work with Number 8 Turquoise is that the stone is no longer mined. Utilizing materials already extracted from the ground is preferred to mining new material. That said, when using semi-precious stones that are newly mined (such as Matrix Boulder Opal), I partner with reputable suppliers who adhere to responsible mining practices and support the well-being of the communities where they operate.

Number 8 Turquoise Inlay Studs

Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Many people believe that this gemstone possesses certain energies and qualities that can positively impact one's well-being. Here are some of the metaphysical and healing properties associated with Number 8 Turquoise:

Spiritual Beliefs: Often considered a stone of protection and good fortune. It is believed to carry the energy of the earth and the sky, bringing balance and harmony to one's spiritual journey. Some cultures associate it with protection from negative energies and evil spirits.

Emotional Healing: This gemstone is said to have a calming effect on the mind and emotions. It can help release anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions, promoting a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Number 8 Turquoise is also believed to enhance communication skills, allowing individuals to express their thoughts and emotions more effectively.

Chakra Alignment: Associated with the throat chakra, which governs communication, self-expression, and clarity of thought. It is believed that wearing or holding this gemstone near the throat area can help balance and activate this energy center, enabling individuals to speak their truth with confidence.

If you're drawn to the energy of Turquoise, incorporating it into your life can be a meaningful way to explore its potential benefits.

Conclusion: A Timeless Treasure

As a jewelry designer, I feel privileged to work with such a storied gemstone, and I'm constantly inspired by its beauty and significance. Whether you're drawn to the spiritual symbolism of turquoise or simply enamored by its vibrant colors, Number 8 Turquoise is a treasure that transcends time and tradition. Shop Number 8 Turquoise Here.