For August’s Colour of the Month, we are celebrating all things Turquoise! This gorgeous blue/green colour is named after the dazzling gemstone!
The word Turquoise comes from the French for “Turkish” as the gem was originally imported from Turkey!
The first recorded use of the colour Turquoise was in England in 1573.
In many cultures, Turquoise is seen as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. In ancient Egypt, they furnished graves with turquoise, whereas in the ancient Persian Empire they were worn around the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. They believed that if the gem changed colour, there was danger approaching. It has since been discovered that the Turquoise gem can change colour, caused by light or a chemical reaction. In Iran, Central Asian and Russia, the domes of Mosques are often coloured Turquoise.
There are a number of animals that are known for their striking turquoise colours! From the blues and greens of Peacock feathers, to the bright chest of a Kingfisher. The flash of colour you see from a Dragonfly darting past and the slow hypnotic rhythm of a luminous Jellyfish.
August Top Tips for Turquoise:
Take a dip in the warm Greek Ocean – Catch someones eye by wearing a dazzling gemstone – Visit a Mosque in Iran – Spot a fast moving dragonfly – Go for a synchronised swim – Watch a Peacock spread its feathers – Paint a bright, colourful Kingfisher – Spot Turquoise in nature