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Jewellery or jewelry are consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as broochesringsnecklacesearrings, and bracelets. They c may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. Often metal is combined with gemstones, but also shells and other plant materials are used. The basic forms of jewellery vary between cultures but are often extremely long-lived; in European cultures the most common forms of jewellery listed above have persisted since ancient times, while other forms such as adornments for the nose or ankle, important in other cultures, are much less common. Historically, the most widespread influence on jewellery in terms of design and style have come from Asia.

Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth, and the world’s largest turquoise producing region is the southwest United States. Turquoise is prized for its attractive colour, most often an intense medium blue or a greenish blue, and its ancient heritage. Turquoise is used in a great variety of jewellery styles. It is perhaps most closely associated with southwest and Native American jewellery, but it is also used in many sleek, modern styles. Some turquoise contains a matrix of dark brown markings, which provides an interesting contrast to the gemstone’s bright blue colour.

The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was anglizied from the Old French "jouel", and beyond that, to the Latin word "jocale", meaning plaything. In some contries is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry inAmerican English. Both are used in Canadian English, though jewelry prevails by a two to one margin. In French and a few other European languages the equivalent term,joaillerie there, may also cover decorated metalwork in precious metal such as objects the art and church items, not just objects worn on the person.