Turquoise is a mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium.
Chakras - Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra Birthstone - December Anniversary Stone - 11th Zodiac - Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces Planet – Venus & Neptune Element – Air & Fire Typical colours - turquoise, blue, green, yellow-green
Turquoise, a stone ranging in color from blue to green to yellow, is filled with wonderful patterns of brown and black matrix that are composed mainly of copper deposits. Although turquoise has captivated man's imagination for centuries, no one is sure exactly when it was discovered. Prehistoric people used and prized it for its blue-green colors because carved pieces have been found in burial and archeological sites spanning the globe.
The beauty and history of turquoise is hard to match! Steeped in history and intrigue, it is truly a captivating stone. It has been used in religion, art, trade, treaty negotiations and of course as treasured jewelry to many kingdoms and peoples. Whether you study ancient Egyptians, Chinese Dynasties, Aztec Mythology or Native American people, it seems clear that turquoise has always been and always will be considered a stone of life, beauty, and good fortune.
Egyptians prized Turquoise as a Life Stone. The oldest pieces of jewelry set with this gem are fourbracelets found on the mummified arm of Queen Zar. She ruled in Egypt about 5500 BC.
Metaphysical & Healing Properties:
Turquoise is one of the official birthstones for the month of December, and is heralded as the stone of communication. It encourages enthusiasm, thus inspiring new projects and bringing to light undiscovered artistic abilities. Turquoise also provides understanding and encourages attention to detail while attracting prosperity and success.
The sprawling lines of coppery matrix provide a large amount of energy to its wearer. This may be one reason why the stone has long been prized as a powerful talisman with healing properties. It is believed that turquoise can help balance the blue throat chakra, enhancing the ability to communicate while increasing resistance to viruses, helping to relieve sore throats and allergies.
Top Ten Tips for Turquoise Jewelry Care
1. Store turquoise separately from harder gemstones, as they can scratch turquoise.
2. Wait to put turquoise on after applying cosmetics or perfume as these chemicals can discolor the stone.
3. Protect jewelry from prolonged sun exposure and extreme temperatures.
4. Remove jewelry before performing gardening or household tasks or any strenuous activity that may result in damage from chemicals or physical stress.
5. Do not use commercial jewelry cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners to clean turquoise jewelry. These can damage and discolor the stone.
6. Use a soft brush and water to clean the stone. Using a soft towel to dry.
7. Contrary to popular opinion, using even mild soap and other cleaning agents can damage the piece.
8. Do not submerge turquoise in water, if this occurs dry using a soft towel.
9. To prevent silver tarnishing, place jewelry in a sealable plastic bag; for added protection, include an anti-tarnish strip.
10. To remove any tarnish that does develop, rub clean with a jewelry polishing cloth.
**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. f.Inguz does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.
Information sources: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003 Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002 Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals by A. Melody, 1991 Healing Crystals: The A - Z Guide to 430 Gemstones by Michael Gienger, 1997 Charms of Light: Healing with Energy, Light and Love by Caryl Haxworth Shimmerlings Firemountain Gems