Turquoise is a hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. The name turquoise undoubtedly comes from turc (Turkish in French) as it was transported to Europe through Turkey. Turquoise is one of the world’s earliest-used gem materials. The turquoise is ancient, yet again and again it finds itself back in fashion. Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai.Its shining sky blue is one of the most popular trend colours in the world of jewellery and fashion.
The blue of turquoise was thought to have powerful metaphysical properties by many ancient cultures. 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. It really does have the right to be called a ‘gemstone of the peoples’. The oldest evidence for this claim was found in Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 B.C.. In the ancient Persian kingdom, 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 the turquoise certainly can change colour, but that this is not necessarily a sign of impending danger. The change can be caused by the light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.
At all times and over the world, turquoises have been worn as natural protection against the powers of darkness.Turquoise has been thought to warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing color. In the 13th century,turquoise was thought to protect the wearer from falling, especially from horses.The Persian scholar Al-Qazwini, for example, wrote:
‘The hand that wears a turquoise and seals with it will never see poverty.’
Turquoises were often worn on the turban, and often surrounded with pearls, in order to protect their wearer against the ‘evil eye’. As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabres and the bridles of horses. It was not until the time of the crusades that they came to Europe. Indeed it is from that period that the name ‘turquoise’ originates, meaning ‘Turkish’.
Turquoise is also believed to bring happiness and good fortune to all. It’s said that turquoise attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone.
Believed to be a protective stone, turquoise is worn to guard against violence and accidents. Turquoise is also a valuable amulet for travelers.The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.
This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner.
In modern gemstone therapy, those suffering from depression are recommended to wear a turquoise or a chain with turquoise beads. The turquoise’ cheerful colour is said to endow reticent personalities with more confidence. It is also often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, for the turquoise is said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships.
Healing ability: Turquoise is said to be a guard against all diseases. It assist in tissue regeneration, subtle body alignment & strengthening. some healing properties of Turquoise are given below,
– Neutralizes overacidity
-Alleviates rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, viral infections
-Increases growth, muscular strength
-Alleviates pain, relaxes cramps
-Contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects
-Application: should be worn on the solar plexus
Heaven on Earth:
Color is of course, turquoise, but this color actually varies from greenish blue to sky blue shades. The best quality turquoises are of a pure, radiant sky blue, a colour which is highly esteemed with or without its fine, regular matrix. The more strongly the colour tends toward green and the more blotchy and more irregular the matrix, the lower the estimate of the stone’s quality.
The colour of the turquoise makes us feel happy and cheerful, for in it the light blue of the sky and the stimulating green of the sea are combined. Indeed it is such an inimitable colour that we have coined a term specifically for it in our languages: turquoise. Anyone choosing a turquoise is sure to enjoy a piece of Heaven … on Earth.
The most well known deposits are in the USA, Mexico, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan and China. The most beautiful turquoises, in a splendid light blue, come from deposits in the north of Iran.