Well, I’m falling in love with turquoise all over again after doing research for this post! Just like its vibrant color, the gem also has a rich history. One of the first gems to be mined, it adorned rulers of the ancient civilizations of the Egyptians, Aztecs, and China — to name a few — but didn’t become widespread in the West until the 14th century when it was one of the few stones allowed in secular jewelry. Turquoise has long been associated with healing and protective properties as well as faith, truth, and deep compassion.

According to the fashion/color guru company, Pantone, “Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.”

Tuscany Turquoise

Fabulously, turquoise has a beautiful spectrum of color that can range from slightly greenish to bright sky blue:

Nuovo Aqua

Peau de Soie Dark Aqua

I dare you to run wild with the brilliant spectrum of this classy and reliable color that has stood the test of time. With turquoise on the horizon (and a staple in our swatch books!) 2010 is going to be a great year!

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