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December Birthstone Jewelry

Turquoise, the star of December birthstone jewelry, is one of the world’s oldest gemstones. Worn by ancient Egyptians and carved by Chinese artisans thousands of years ago, turquoise was a ceremonial gem for Native Americans. If you think of this stone only in the context of jewelry from the American southwest, you’re missing out on the wonderful beads, cabochons, and carved stones found in vintage costume jewelry. Turquoise was especially popular in the 1950s. Designers used unlined stones (favored by makers of fine jewelry) as well as those with veins (known as the matrix) to form beautiful earrings, brooches, necklaces, and bracelets.


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