Turquoise Engagement Rings: an Overview
After watching the documentary on India and thinking more about Indian gemstones, I decided to take F to have a wander around some of the Indian and Asian jewellery shops that I had spotted when I was out and about.
I just wanted to see if we could get some inspiration and I also knew that the different designs and colours would appeal to his artistic nature. I love it when he gets enthused about something, and I knew that a trip into some of these treasure chests would get us both excited.
I particularly wanted to look at turquoise stones as I had always been drawn to the idea of a turquoise engagement ring. I know that the gemstone choice is vast and we are looking at pearls, emeralds and sapphires among all of the others, but turquoise has a certain natural appeal for me.
The Essential Turquoise Factor
We were both aware that turquoise has long been a favourite among those seeking a sophisticated, elegant look, and it is featured in all kinds of statement jewellery, so it is inevitable that its appeal should extend to the world of engagement jewellery as well.
Referring to both a colour and a gemstone, the term ‘turquoise’ usually denotes a greenish blue hue, although there are several more or less blue-tinted variations of it in the vast colour palette.
‘Pure’ turquoise is the same colour as the gemstone it derives its name from, while turquoise blue and celeste are slightly more bluish, with light turquoise a little more subdued. Other shades include medium turquoise, dark turquoise and pearl mystic turquoise, although these are less frequently seen and would be very rarely seen as turquoise engagement rings.
Historically, the word turquoise derives from the French word for ‘Turkish’, a connection justified by the fact that most turquoise stones were originally imported from Turkey. The term was first recorded as the English language denomination of a particular colour in 1573, and the next few centuries saw the colour in question become quite popular among the wealthy in Western culture.
Turquoise Firmly on the List
Nowadays, turquoise is still popular and its reputation as a symbol of sophistication, class and wealth explains the popularity of turquoise engagement rings among young and fashionable couples. There is no denying the visual impact of this colour, and although I would not necessarily consider F and me a fashionable couple, we are both seriously loving turquoise.
F says that it is the distinct differences in each stone that he loves, whereas for me it is more the fact that, although a popular colour and choice of stone for jewellery, it is less commonly chosen for engagement rings. I also secretly liked the idea of having a turquoise engagement ring because in ancient Eastern culture, turquoise gemstones were traditionally linked with good fortune, constituting holy stones or talismans against untoward events.
Our day trawling the little Indian jewellery shops was fascinating and we soon realised that turquoise was a more popular stone than we ever thought. The esoteric meaning and visually pleasing impact of turquoise made a real impression on both of us.