The etymology is literally called “turquoise”, but in reality it is not produced in Turkey. It is said that the Persian (now Iran) product came to be called by this name because it was brought to Europe as a trade item by Turkish caravans for a long time.
What is Turquoise:
A typical turquoise is a light blue to blue to turquoise background with black or brown stripes or spots. This pattern is called a matrix and is not preferred as a gem, but for turquoise collectors, the shape of the pattern tickles the heart. The mesh and spider webs are called spider webs and are especially popular.
The most popular stones with such a matrix are from the United States, which overlaps with the image of Native Americans and is also popular as Indian jewelry. However, the amount of mining is now significantly reduced.
The best quality gemstone is Iranian turquoise, which is characterized by less matrix, darker colors and harder than other gemstones.
The most beautiful color in turquoise is the color called Robin Egg Blue (blue of robin eggs). The color of the robin egg has long been a symbol of nobility in Europe, and Tiffany’s company color “Tiffany Blue”, which is famous as a jewelry store, is also derived from this color.
The turquoise currently distributed in gemstone shops is mainly made in China with a greenish hue.
Benefits of using a Turquoise:
Turquoise is used to heal the following:
Healing of blue sky and water, promotion of vitality, stability, promotion, improvement of relationships, meaning of life, extermination of danger and bad luck, guard stone of travel, traffic safety, protection of eyesight
Turquoise is used as Travel and traffic safety amulets:
It is also well known as a talisman for travel, as it was worn by caravans around the necks of camels and horses as a talisman. The “White Paper on Arabian Minerals” also states that it will be a guardian stone for travel. Nowadays, along with travel amulets, some people attach them to cars, which are iron horses, as amulets for traffic safety.
Turquoise is used as a Stone of Success:
It is said that having turquoise gives you a different perspective on your life and gives you insight into the meaning and role you were born with. Perhaps because of the gentle vibrations, there is also a suggestion that the owner will naturally gain the virtues of the surroundings, be favored by everyone, and be promoted.
Turquoise intimates its owner about upcoming disaster:
It is also said that turquoise can be used to prevent disasters by discoloring, cracking or changing color when the owner is in danger.
Anselm of Canter, a theologian who was a samurai doctor of Emperor Rudolf II of the Roman Empire, describes various mysterious episodes about turquoise in his book “History of Jewels”. He fell off a horse on a steep road on his way back to his hometown of Bohemia after studying in Italy. I was struck by the ground.
However, he did not suffer a single scratch and instead lacked about a quarter of the turquoise he received from his father. A few days later, when I was working to carry a heavy rod, I felt a severe pain in my flank and a broken bone, but in reality there was no abnormality and the turquoise was cracked instead. It means that.
In fact, turquoise is a porous stone, so if you wear it for a long time, it will absorb oil and sweat from your skin and discolor it, or if you leave it in a dry place, it will break easily. If you sweat cold in a dangerous situation, it may not be strange that the color of the turquoise on your skin has changed slightly.
Turquoise is used to Dispel evil spirits:
Turquoise also has the power to exterminate evil spirits, but it is a type that protects the owner by diverting evil spirits rather than fighting by peeling the fangs against the opponent like Tiger Eye. If you’re in a situation where you’re anointing the fire if you fight strangely, it’s better to have a receptive type defensive stone like turquoise.
Healing Effects of Turquoise:
The characteristics of turquoise are the clear light blue that symbolizes the sky and water, and the green that imagines the leaves of fresh grass and trees. It is said that these turquoise colors wrap the tired body and heart and release the sick heart into the sky. It is said that the gentle vibrations emitted by the stone restore the balance between the owner’s body and mind, and bring peace and stability.
The light blue also symbolizes the water that moisturizes the dry land, so it is said to relieve the emotional flames of frustrated modern people, restore health to strong children, and wash away anxiety from the bottom of their hearts.
If you have pain in your body, place a turquoise on the affected area, close your eyes, and imagine that the pain source is sucked out by stones and the cell damage is repaired, which will speed up healing.
In the field of stone healing, it is said to protect eyesight in particular, and in ancient times it was powdered and mixed with eye medicine. In addition, it is said to be good for the respiratory system such as the throat and lungs, and the liver and gallbladder. However, these are not proven in modern medicine.
Magical Effect of Using Turquoise:
True Turquoise is a very powerful ancestral Protection Stone. Admired for its unique color, Egyptians, Aztecs and Native Americans used it to fashion amulets and talismans of Protection. Turquoise is the energetic shield of empaths; they protect the heart of those who heal emotionally and prevent them from further injury and stress. Associated with the Energetic Center (Chakra) of the Throat, Turquoise encourages frank and benevolent communication.
Turquoise corresponds to which chakra:
Turquoise corresponds to Throat Chakra.
Directions corresponding to Turquoise:
East, southeast, south, north
How to use Turquoise for Healing
Sit down for a few minutes with your Stone in your hand. Breathe in and visualize the Energy of your Crystal entering your body. Visualize your intentions for your Stone.
Program your Smoky Quartz with a powerful affirmation like “I protect my authentic Being. I am empathetic and protected ” and let its vibration amplify your intention.
Keep your Stones with you, use them in all your intuitive or meditation practices (mindfulness, yoga ) or place them in your “Ritual corner”.
How to cleanse the energy of a Turquoise:
The most recommended purification method is to burn the leaves of white sage and let the smoke lightly pass through the stones. This is equivalent to the purification ritual “smugging” performed by Native Americans.
The Difficulty of working with Turquoise
Turquoise is a delicate stone that is fragile to impacts, so handle with care. Also, avoid contact with water, sweat, cosmetics, acids, heat, humidity, etc.
Turquoise is a porous stone with numerous fine holes, so it is extremely brittle and difficult to polish or process as it is. For this reason, it has long been common practice to apply wax or oil to the surface or soak it inside to improve durability and color tone.
In modern times, impregnation treatment that allows transparent resin to penetrate is commonly used. This is called “stabilized turquoise”. It is also common to coat with wax to protect the surface.
Most of the processed products on the market can be considered to have been treated in this way. On the contrary, it is so ordinary treatment that it is often sold without being recognized as a treated stone.
However, if you impregnate a colored resin or use a colored wax for the purpose of improving the color tone, you need to display it.
In addition, there is also a filling process type in which the rough stone is once crushed and hardened with resin.
History and Legends of Turquoise :
Turquoise is one of the oldest stones mined by mankind as a jewel or amulet to decorate and as an object of worship.
Turquoise beads made more than 5,000 BC have been found in the ruins of the Mesopotamian civilization.
Dedicated to both Osiris and Isis in Egypt, it was used for large-scale mining on the Sinai Peninsula around the 4th century BC.
The Native American tribe used it to become one with the universe and has been treated as one of the three major medical stones in Tibet.
The reason why turquoise has been so sacred all over the world is probably because of its color reminiscent of the sky. The sky is the world where the gods live, and like lapis lazuli, this stone with the color of the sky may have been captured as part of animism (nature worship).
The biggest effect of turquoise is on the healing side.
Properties of Turquoise:
|Main production areas||Iran, Egypt, USA, Mexico, China|
|Chemical composition||CuAl 6 (OH) 8 (PO 4 ) 4 .4H 2 O copper, aluminum, water molecules, phosphorus, oxygen compounds|
|Crystal system||Triclinic system (however, the crystalline state is rare)|
|Crystal habit (shape)||Various types such as lump, kidney, grape, vein, and film|
|Main shades||Light blue, blue, green|
|Streak color||White to green|
|Refractive index||Approximately 1.62|
|Similar stone non-made||Chrysocolla, Amazonite, Howlite Turquoise (Colored Howlite, or Magnesite)|
Turquoise is most often found with or near copper deposits. It is thought that this is because turquoise is a secondary mineral of copper deposits, and rainwater etc. permeated and the components of copper and apatite were dissolved and precipitated to become turquoise.
The ground color changes depending on the amount of copper and iron contained, and when the iron content increases, it changes from blue to green.
Turquoise is actually a group name, and can be subdivided into 6 types of stones. For example, Chalcosiderite (iron turquoise) has more iron than copper and has a green or yellow-green color instead of blue. The type in which zinc is the main component instead of copper is called Faustite (Faustite).
Howlite turquoise is a stone that is often mistaken. This is not turquoise, but a white stone called howlite with turquoise coloring.
There are also many imitation turquoise beads made of plastic, which are very light to the touch and do not have the coldness of stone.