Natural Turquoise Pendants – Turquoise is one of the
most recognised gemstones in history. It’s distinct ocean blue color, lustre
and inclusions make it easily recognisable from other stones.
The name originates from the French word ‘turqueise’
meaning Turkish stone, as it was transported through the Turkey through the
Asian trade route before arriving in Europe.
Turquoise is mined around the world in places such as
Australia, Mexico, France, Russia, China, Africa, USA, Afghanistan, Israel,
Peru, Britain, Poland, Argentina and Tanzania.
Origins of Turquoise can also determine the features of
the stone. For example the Eilat Turquoise from Eilat Israel have a
bluish-green tones due to the presence of Chrysocolla, Malachite and Turquoise
gemstones. The Kingman Turquoise from Kingman mine in Arizona has a light to
dark blue color with white matrix. Navajo Turquoise from South America have
brown and black veins and The Persian Turquoise have a clean sky blue tone.
This gemstone was used in ancient times for many
purposes. For example the burial mask and tomb of King Tutankhamen had
Turquoise adornments, in China they created ornamental turquoise, the Native
American Indians used it for jewelry and art, in Tibet they utilised it for
jewelry and shamanistic purposes, the Persians use it as a talisman and the
Mesoamericans created Turquoise mosaics.
In Ancient Egypt there was a belief that the color of
Turquoise represented renewal and rebirth. It was used as talismans for kings,
royalty, healers and soldiers. This stone was deemed highly throughout
different cultures for its many metaphysical, physical, spiritual properties.
Metaphysically is it said to provide a sense of
wellness to the wearer, improve the mood, balance the emotions, relieve
nervousness and anxiousness, promote compassion whilst having the power and
control over desires and sadness. It can remove negativity around one’s
environment, improve awareness when confidence when dealing with others,
balance the mood and remove self-sabotage.
Spiritually it can help cleanse and regenerate the
wearer’s overall energy, it encourages ones to be kind-hearted, feel gratified,
be more loving and compassionate towards others.
Physically Turquoise can help with feelings of misery,
fear and unhappiness. It can also aid with vigour and vitality. It is said to
help with issues such as poor immunity, poor absorption in the stomach and
intestines, contagion, inflammation and poor detox. Turquoise can help with
ailments such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis, lower and upper lung
infections, sore throat and dysfunctions of the eyes, nose and ears.
The astrological sign for Turquoise is Sagittarius. It
is the birthstone for those born in the month of December. Tourmaline is also
for the root or base chakra.
The majority of Turquoise is cut into cabochon for
jewelry purposes, especially into cabochon ovals, round or fancy shapes. Beads
and chips are popular for necklace and earrings, whilst tumbled stone are great
for metaphysical and spiritual healing.