With its blue hue, turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones. A hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum, turquoise is a secondary mineral deposited by circulating water: it mainly occurs as an opaque, granular vein running through a host rock.
Its name comes from the French “pierre de Turquie” ("stone from Turkey") ever since the stone first arrived in Europe via the Turkish after the Renaissance era.
Van Cleef & Arpels only chooses natural turquoise ensuring that they will retain their sea-green hue forever. The turquoises selected by the Maison come from Iran, where they are called “sleeping beauties”.
Turquoise nature and structure makes inevitable the change of its color overtime, due to the action of acidity and heat. This is why Van Cleef & Arpels chooses to buy turquoise which rough stone color has been protected during a stabilization process.
Through History, turquoise has been considered to be a symbol of generosity and affection. It is the gemstone for 11th wedding anniversaries.
Maintaining your turquoise:
Van Cleef & Arpels stabilized matter allows normal wear. No specific care is required.