Gemstone Turquoise is blue, green, or teal. It has been a beloved gemstone around the world for centuries. The green-blue color is named after this stone. The name is often written and pronounced in French, which is why the stone is also known as turquoise. The stone has a spider web pattern: it often has brown or black veins. This is also the characteristic by which real turquoise can be recognized. In some cases, Turquoise has gold-colored inclusions. The stone is often found along with other copper-containing minerals, such as Chrysocolla, Malachite, and Azurite. Turquoise is the national stone of Turkey, Iran and the US states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada.
Turquoise is such a popular stone that not all stones sold as Turquoise are the real thing. Sometimes these impostors are easy to spot, but often not. In addition, there are fake turquoise crystals for sale under all kinds of creative trade names, which are not real turquoise. American and Mexican Turquoises are real, but they are not naturally bright in color. Color is obtained by processing the stone, by painting or tinting it. California Turquoise is actually Variscite and Vienna Turquoise is actually clay that has been dyed. In addition, you can often wrongly buy Magnesite and Howlite as Turquoise stone. They are actually white, porous minerals that are dyed. The turquoise-dyed Howlite is also called Turquenite, meaning turquoise is sometimes hard to tell from impostors! Check out our blog about Authentic Gemstones for more information.
Turquoise has long been known in many cultures as a protective stone and was therefore often worn as a Talisman Amulet. According to many, the stone would protect against black magic and negative outside influences. In addition, in these cultures they believed that such an amulet would attract life force, optimism, joy, and health. Furthermore, the amulet would warn the wearer of danger or illness, because it would change color.
The stone was popular in Ancient Egypt. Turquoise was dedicated to the Mother Goddess Hathor, who was also called the Blue Goddess. The stone was so loved by the Egyptians that they made turquoise colored fayence (a type of porcelain) themselves to meet the demand. Turquoise scarabs have been found as early as the third millennium BC, mostly from the Sinai Turquoise stones, which have a distinctive blue speckle. They also call this Egyptian Turquoise. Tutankhamun’s gold death mask is decorated with Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise. From Tutankhamun’s tomb came jewelry such as scarabs, rings, pendants and beads that were decorated with the stone.
Turquoise was also found in China, with the oldest pieces dating back three millennia. There they were also used as talisman and amulet and processed into all kinds of jewelry. In ancient Persia, they used blue Turquoise to decorate the roofs and ceilings of palaces. The color was reminiscent of the sky. The Romans mainly used turquoise to complement their gold embellishments. Later on, many gold jewelry with Turquoise was found, including amulets against the Evil Eye.
The Aztecs knew Turquoise as Teoxihuitl and used it to decorate masks, shields, idols, and weapons. Turquoise was associated with the serpent god Quetzalcoatl, the god of the wind, water, and sky. The original inhabitants of North America also used turquoise in jewelry and they believed that the stone makes one more attractive and healthy. Turquoise was seen as shards of heaven, meaning Turquoise has been one of the most popular gemstones all around the world for millennia! Objects and jewelry with Turquoise arrived in Europe via the Silk Road. First only for the rich, and since the fourteenth century also among the rest of the people.
You would think that the gemstone got its name from its color, but the opposite is true. The color turquoise owes its name to the stone! This name originated around the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and comes from the time of the Crusades. Crusaders found the stone in the Orient and took it home. The name is also derived from the Latin word “turcois”, which means “from Turkey”. In France they called the stone pierre turquoise (“Turkish stone”). Eilat stone (combination of chrysocolla, malachite, azurite, and turquoise) is named after the site near Eilat, a port city in the southern tip of Israel.
Because the stone contains both the colors green and blue, it is said to connect the throat chakra and the heart chakra. This would make it easier for you to verbalize your feelings and speak more honestly. It is the stone of self-actualization, would help you find creative solutions to problems and would also bring balance to the chakras by aligning them with the corresponding chakra layers. The stone belongs to the constellations Sagittarius, Pisces, Aquarius and Taurus.
The stone could bring balance if you suffer from extreme mood swings. According to experts, he could heal a broken heart and stimulate loyal friendship and romantic love. He could also protect you in case of hypersensitivity to external influences, so you would benefit a lot from this stone if you are highly sensitive. According to the gemstone theory, it is a good protection stone for children, especially children who are bullied or sensitive. For those who suffer from fears or phobias, the Turquoise would be a suitable stone. Furthermore, the stone would help you to accept yourself as you are.
As a therapeutic stone, Turquoise is known as a powerful gem physically. Not only do gemstone therapists believe that it strengthens the immune system, it is also said to harmonize the hormone system. In addition, the stone could also:
Turquoise seems to be the only stone that looks good on everyone. That is why Turquoise jewelry is available in all kinds of shapes and sizes:
Since the teal color belongs to both the heart chakra (fourth chakra) and the throat chakra (fifth chakra), a Turquoise Necklace would be the perfect way to carry the stone with you. In addition, for the creatives, Turquoise Beads are available in our webshop to make your own Spiritual Jewelry with.
Rings with beautiful crystals have extra symbolism. Rings have been a sign of fidelity for centuries. In combination with Turquoise, it is a beautiful reminder to stay true to yourself and your own truth! And if you want to be faithful to someone else, give them a beautiful Turquoise Ring as a gift!
The same applies to the Turquoise Gemstone Pendant as to the necklace with this blue-green stone. The pendant is also worn at a great place on the body, if we look at the Chakra Colors. The Turquoise pendant is also available as a birthstone pendant.
Gemstone bracelets are particularly spiritual and have long been worn as a symbol of special status. On the other hand, it is also a reminder of something important. The gemstones on the bracelet give the jewelry symbolic power. The Turquoise Bracelet would also remind you to be true to yourself. Moreover, it is of course a beautiful decoration for your wrist!
Turquoise is the birthstone of the Capricorn and Sagittarius zodiac people who were born in the month of December! Would you like to know more about the stone, or were you not born in the month of December and would you like to know which stone belongs to you? Read our Blog About Birthstones. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Spiru!
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