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Turquoise was one of the first gemstones to be mined: expert_author_1turquiose beads dating from 5000 BC has been prized for thousands of years as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality, among the Ancient Egyptians and Aztecs. 

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 Ancient Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 BC.

In the ancient Persian Empire, 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.

Turquoise is a most efficient healer, providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. It is a protective stone and has often been used in amulets. Turquoise promotes spiritual attunement and enhances communication with the physical and spiritual worlds.

Turquoise is also a purification stone, dispelling negative energies and providing projection against pollutants in the environment. This stone is empathetic and balancing.  A promoter of self-realization, it assists in creative problem solving and calms the nerves when speaking in public.

Turquoise instils inner calm while remaining alert, and aids creative expression.  Emotionally, turquoise stabilizes mood swings and stimulates romantic love.  Above all, it is a crystal of justice, both for obtaining it through the legal system and for fair and equal treatment in every area of life.

Physically, it is an excellent stone for exhaustion, depression, or panic attacks.  Also assists with problems of the brain, eyes, ears, neck and throat.  It is also claimed to ease fears of flying (though it would take more than me wearing a turquoise necklace to get me back on a helicopter!!).

“If cold December gave you birth, The month of snow and ice and mirth, Place on you hand a Turquoise blue, Success will bless whate’er you do”  Anon




Mohave Turquoise enhances your feeling of inner well-being and lifts your spirit.

Navaho Purple Turquoise is reported to help you stay in a place of loving connection to others.

Tibetan Turquoise has a bluish-green colour. It promises fidelity and protectiveness to a lover or partner.

  • Composition: Hydrated Copper Aluminium Phosphate
  • Structure: Triclinic
  • Hardness: 6
  • Zodiac: Sagittarius and Capricorn
  • Birthstone: December and January
  • Chakra: Crown, Throat
  • Sources: USA, Egypt, Mexico, China, Iran, Peru, Poland, Russia, France, Tibet, Afghanistan, Arabia
  • Empowerment: I will not fail or fall.

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