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TURQUOISE THE HEALING STONE
THE HEALING STONE: THE MASTER HEALER
HEALTH • PROTECTION • WISDOM
Like a multi-vitamin for your soul, the Turquoise crystal is a
gem when it comes to giving you a charismatic glow that comes
from a renewed sense of self-confidence. It is associated with wisdom
and self confidence in a rather go, go, go westernized culture. It is
truly the rock star of healing stones. On a cellular level, this all-in-one stone is considered a master healer because it promotes an energetic flow of the highest vibration-love. It is the Frankensense of stones if it were compared to a high grade therapeutic essential oil. It’s an all-in-one healing crystal. It’s no wonder that Turquoises properties of healing it is known to promote a sense of happiness, peace, and joy. Turquoise promotes wholeness at a cellular level.
Turquoise is a mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminum.
Turquoise is an 11th Anniversary gemstone and vibrates to the number 1.
Chakras - Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra
Birthstone - December
Zodiac - Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
Planet – Venus & Neptune
Element – Earth/Air/Fire
Ranging in shades of blue-green depending on its copper and iron content, the Turquoise crystal meaning is the brilliant color that evokes the image of dazzling waters surrounding an island paradise.
HISTORY OF TURQUOISE
Since fertile crescent days, people from all cultures have horded and been collectors of turquoise. It was loved for it's distinct carribean blue colors. And many say, 'It's God's favorite color,' because it never go's out of style.
We have dated turquoise as early as 3000B.C. in the Egyptian tombs. But there is even evidence of it being used much earlier. However much of what we know of turquoise comes from the well preserved artifacts from the Egyptians. They set turquoise in gold necklaces and rings, used it as inlay, and carved it into scarabs. Most notably, King Tut’s iconic burial mask was extravagantly adorned with turquoise.
The oldest turquoise mines are in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. One sat near an ancient temple dedicated to Hathor, the Greek goddess of love and joy who was worshiped as a protector in the desert and as the patron saint of mining. Egyptians called turquoise mefkat, which meant “joy” and “delight.”
Ancient Persians decorated extensively with turquoise, often engraving it with Arabic script. Turquoise covered palace domes because its sky-blue color represented heaven. This later inspired the use of turquoise in buildings like the Taj Mahal.
Believing turquoise guaranteed protection, Persians adorned their daggers and horses’ bridles with it. Their name for turquoise, pirouzeh, meant “victory.”
Persians wore turquoise gemstone jewelry around their necks and in their turbans. They believed it offered protection by changing color to warn of pending doom. (Turquoise can, in fact, fade if exposed to sunlight or solvents.)
When Turkish traders introduced this “Persian blue” stone to Europe via the Silk Road in the 13th century, they influenced the gemstone’s name. The word “turquoise” comes from the French pierre tourques for “Turkish stone.”
Meanwhile, pre-Columbian Native Americans mined the turquoise gemstone throughout the present-day southwestern United States. Shamans used it in sacred ceremonies to commune with the spirit of the sky.
Apache Indians believed that attaching turquoise to bows (and later, firearms) improved a hunter’s accuracy.
Turquoise became valuable in Native American trade, which carried North American material toward South America. Consequently, Aztecs cherished turquoise for its protective power and used it on ceremonial masks, knives, and shields.
The turquoise-studded silver jewelry that’s commonly associated with Native Americans today originated in the 1880s, when a white trader convinced a Navajo craftsman to transform a silver coin into turquoise jewelry.
While many historic turquoise deposits have depleted over the gemstone’s long lifetime, some small mine operations (mainly in the U.S.) still produce fine material today.