Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
The name Turquoise comes from the French expression for “Turkish stone” in recognition of trade routes that brought this sky blue to blue- or yellow-green beauty to Europe from Asia via Turkey.
Turquoise is an opaque mineral with a 5-6 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The bulk of the world’s supply is produced in arid climates, such as the southwestern U.S., China, Chile, Egypt, Iran, and Mexico.
The stone often contains bits of its host rock (called matrix) that impart a striking black or brown spiderweb design. The more copper in the mix, the bluer the stone; iron makes the stone greener.
The earliest recorded use dates from 6000 years ago in Egypt, where royals were buried wearing Turquoise jewelry.
Ancient doctors ground Turquoise into a powder, which they used to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and insect bites. Popular as a good luck charm, Turquoise was thought to protect the wearer from danger and to attract wealth. Traditionally, it’s the birthstone for December.
Blue gemstones like Turquoise activate the throat chakra and are said to help us express our wisdom and truth. Healing can come through wearing Turquoise every day as jewelry, placing some near you (say, at work), or holding a piece and meditating with it.
Turquoise is the symbol of friendship. As the saying goes, “He, or she, who owns a Turquoise will never want for a friend.”
Turquoise is thought to alleviate pain, increase muscular strength, absorb negativity, calm mind and body, ground the wayward spirit, enhance analytical thinking, and detox from pollution and radiation.
Something I found interesting — because Turquoise takes on the characteristics of its owner, it’s said to grow pale when its owner is sick or sad, lose color when the owner dies, and gradually return to color when transferred to a new, healthy owner. Yikes!
Metaphysicists tout Turquoise for helping avoid unwise investments, protect against theft and accidental falls, guard pets from straying, promote leadership, and overcome writer’s block.
Now, don’t you think you should add a little Turquoise to your life?