PHYSICAL AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF TURQUOISE
Turquoise is an aluminum-copper phosphate, light blue to apple green, of the formula CuAl6 [(OH) 2 / PO4] 4 – 4H2O. Its crystalline system is triclinic and occurs in many forms: cryptocrystalline, massive, compact, as well as veins and clumps. Turquoise has a density of 2.6 to 2.8 and a hardness of between 5 and 6 on the Mohs scale. Its luminescence is green-yellow or light blue. His break is uneven, his cleavage good. It is an opaque mineral with a luster.
COLORS OF TURQUOISE
Turquoise exists in shades ranging from deep azure to intense green. It depends on the coloring elements it contains. Thus, the more copper there is, the turquoise is blue; chromium and vanadium bring a green shade, and iron gives a yellow note. Turquoise can tarnish or change color if it dries (it contains about 18% water) or if it is exposed to high temperatures. Avoid contact with household products. Turquoises often include dark veins that reflect the presence of other minerals in the cracks. This is part of the charm of turquoise!
MAIN DEPOSITS OF TURQUOISE
Turquoise is often found in desert areas. It is present around the Red Sea, in Mexico, in the United States, in Afghanistan, in China, in Israel, in Brazil … but the most beautiful turquoises come currently from Iran, in mines located near Nishapur, in the Northeast of the country. Their quality has been recognized since the time of the Persians and their intense color is much sought after.
THE ADVICE OF OUR GEMOLOGIST: HOW TO CHOOSE HIS TURQUOISE?
This rather tender stone can be cut in very varied forms, most often in cabochon. It has even been engraved or carved. The choice of color is primarily a matter of taste, as is the presence or absence of darker veins. Purple stones are very rare. The intensity of the blue color contributes to the value of the gem.
METALS ASSOCIATED WITH TURQUOISE JEWELRY
Nothing marries better with turquoise blue than white metals, like silver or white gold.
STORIES AND LEGENDS AROUND TURQUOISE
The name of the turquoise comes from the fact that when the Venetian merchants introduced it in Europe, it was believed to have originated from Turkey: in reality, it came from Persia, where it was used as early as 5000 years before Christ and where we always find the most beautiful specimens. It was used as a talisman against the evil eye, to adorn the turbans, or for dignitaries in ring seal.
But the love story between man and turquoise goes back further back in time. We found in Egypt a number of turquoise jewelry. Some date back to 6000 BC. In America, turquoise was a sacred stone, and it was even used as currency. The Aztecs made wonderful mosaics with this stone, like the carved serpent found in the treasure of Montezuma II, the contemporary king of the arrival of the Spaniards.
In South America, it was the stone of Gods and men were unworthy. The Indians of North America saw pieces of heaven … Many objects carved in turquoise were found on sites of ancient occupation by Indians in western America. Nowadays, Navajos and other Native American peoples continue to make splendid turquoise and silver jewelry that is sold all over the world.
VIRTUES AND BENEFITS OF TURQUOISE
The Indians, precisely, already used turquoise for its curative virtues. She treated scorpion stings and snake bites, it was thought. Transformed into the balm and applied on the eyelids, she was supposed to avoid blindness.
Tibetan Buddhists associated it with red coral, symbolizing spiritual wealth and good fortune.
You can also purchase Turquoise gemstone jewelry so you can carry it all the time with you. You can find these at a good price on some online gemstone jewelry store.
In lithotherapy, today it is given many benefits; it would protect its owner from negative waves or harmful radiation, such as electromagnetic waves. Its capacity to absorb these negative emanations would cause a change of color, even a loss of brightness. Perhaps because of its cloudless sky color, it would be a source of balance and unification: harmony of mind and body, masculine and feminine tendencies … It would develop the finesse of intuition and empathy. For people practicing meditation, turquoise would be a good catalyst, in connection with the third eye chakra. Raising certain inhibitions, it would allow positive energies to manifest it and avoid psychological blockages to its bearer.
In connection with the chakra of the throat, it would facilitate communication and therefore interpersonal relationships; it would be good for speakers, reducing the stress of speaking in public and facilitating speech. Finally, in harmony with the chakra of the heart, it would bring calm and serenity, amplifying the capacities of love.
ASTROLOGICAL MATCHES OF THE TURQUOISE
Turquoise is usually related to the astrological signs of Libra, Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius, Aquarius, but most importantly, Scorpio. This sign often considered to be hampered by very strong energy intensity, sometimes negatively turned against it, can be greatly helped by the turquoise which unties its blockages, brings him calm and inner peace. Turquoise is the birthstone of the children of December; it corresponds to the 18th anniversary of marriage.