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Turquoise

HISTORICAL PROPERTIES

In some history, Turquoise is given its name from the Middle Ages and an old French word "turqueise" meaning "Turkish stone". It is derived from the ancient Greek word "callais" (kallos lithos) meaning beautiful stone.

Turquoise is undoubtedly one of the oldest gemstones known to man and has been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, dating back as far as 3000 BC and has been considered a good luck talisman by many civilizations since including, the Persians, the Aztecs and indigenous American Indian tribes.

The Persians in particular believed that the act of a Turquoise changing color was a sign of impending danger. For this reason Turquoise gems were often used to bejewel daggers and turbans as an effective method of warding off the evil eye.

Turquoise was the belief of the Native Americans that wearing Turquoise jewelry provided a direct connection to the heavens above and sources of abundant water supply below, whereas the Aztecs believed the stone was holy and often adorned their ceremonial masks with Turquoise gemstones.

The name Turquoise is apparently related to the fact that is was brought to Europe from the Eastern Mediterranean by Levantine traders, more commonly known as Turks.

Turquoise was used in ancient Greece and by the Egyptian for adorning tombs, making jewelry and producing color from everything from paint to clothing dye. Egyptians prized Turquoise as a Life Stone. The oldest pieces of jewelry set with this gem are four bracelets found on the mummified arm of Queen Zar. She ruled in Egypt about 5500 BC.

Turquoise was used by the Chinese, Tibetans and Hindus for healing and good luck. Highly revered in Tibet, a Turquoise stone was carried throughout one’s entire life. It was exchanged as currency & the finest stones were considered more valuable than gold.

This gentle, cooling, soothing stone is a Native American classic used Turquoise in the healer's medicine wheels, bags and remedies.

Turquoise was documented by Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice with the ring given to Shylock by Leah.

Turquoise was one of the twelve fundamental stones used by Hildegard Von Bingen in her naturopathic remedies and one of the twelve stones in the Breast Plate of Aaron.

Turquoise is one of the first gemstones to be mined, Turquoise has long been prized for it's intense colors, which vary greatly from sky blue to green, depending on the quantities of iron and copper found in it.

Astrological : Sagittarius, Pisces, Scorpio and Aquarius

Birthstone for the Month : December

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Turquoise is known as a stone of protection and communication on every level.

Turquoise is still a valued power stone. Turquoise will strengthen and align all of the Chakras; and it can be used to cleanse your energy centers.

As a meditation tool, the Turquoise gem can assist in clearing your mind, opening you to the Universal All.  Use Turquoise to attune to the spiritual plane or provide protection during vision quests or astral travel.

Native Americans believed the Turquoise stone brought protection to a rider upon a horse, and great protection in general, especially to turn away the evil eye. Turquoise is said to bring wisdom and truth.

When worn on the skin, Turquoise can easily change color from perfumes, oils, soaps and perspiration. It is believed to also change color when the wearer is ill or when danger is present.

Turquoise is called "sky stone" or "stone of heaven" by some Native Americans, the vibrations of Turquoise can build a spiritual bridge between worlds and give strong psychic powers to the bearer.

Turquoise is considered to be a symbol of generosity, sincerity, and affection. It preserves friendships and can make friends out of enemies in time.

Traditionally Turquoise is said to only bring good luck if given, not purchased. However, this is not always the case. One must take into consideration the innate energy of each stone individually.

Turquoise helps to regulate life energy otherwise known as Qi or prana. Truly reflects the individual carrying or holding it. Tunes into the energies of the person and transmits them back into the world. Can also help you get more in tune with others.

Turquoise is used regularly to gain wealth, and it used or worn during money attraction spells. Given as a gift, Turquoise bestows wealth and happiness to it's receiver.

The Turquoise stone is also utilized in love spells and magic. Turquoise can be worn, carried or given to a love one. It is frequently used to promote marital harmony. Turquoise is told that if the color of the stone fades, so has the love of the recipient.

Discharge Turquoise once a month in a bowl of dry tumbled hematite stones and recharge overnight among rock crystals - out of the light of the sun!

HEALING PROPERTIES

Turquoise stone is most famous as an amazing over all healer for illnesses in the physical body and mental/emotional issues. Turquoise is a stone most attune to the thymus gland. The thymus is located in the upper part of the chest between the heart and the throat and produces T-lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight infections and destroy abnormal cells). It is an important organ of the immune system. This is exactly why Turquoise has an effect on the entire body.

Turquoise was part of the medical equipment  of most physicians of the fifteenth century; the claim was that this stone could counteract the affects of any poison.

A master healer and a stone of yin (feminine) energy, Turquoise is most helpful with female disorders. Also Turquoise is used to prevent and cure headaches. A strong stone for toning and strengthening the entire body and regenerating tissue.

Turquoise's best known for it's drawing powers.  When pressed against the diseased or troubled portion of the body, the illness is then visualized as being drawn into the stone and out of the body, thus removing it all together.

Tradition says that Turquoise stone reflect the health of the body and the aura by changing color.

Turquoise aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue, and heals the whole body. Turquoise contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, and alleviates cramps and pain.  
Turquoise purifies lungs, soothes and clears sore throats, and heals the eyes, including cataracts.
Turquoise neutralises overacidity, benefits rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, and viral infections.

Turquoise

Turquoise rough and facet stone