Turquoise is a blue-green colour, based on the gem of the same name.
It comes from the French for “Turkish”, as the gem was originally imported from Turkey.
The first recorded use of turquoise as a colour name in English was in 1573.
In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this gemstone has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman.
The oldest evidence for this claim was found in ancient Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 BC.
In the ancient Persian Empire, the sky-blue gemstones were earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death.
If they changed colour, the wearer was thought to have reason to fear the approach of doom.
Meanwhile, it has been discovered that turquoise can change colour.
The change can be caused by light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.
Turquoise is a stone and colour that is strongly associated with the domes and interiors of large mosques in Iran, Central Asia and Russia.
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