A Look At Turquoise

Published On: 01-07-2012 10:51pm

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Category: More About Natural Gemstones

Bluish green to sky blue, sometimes  with dark veins.

Turquoise was among the first gems to be mined, and while many historic sites have been depleted, some are still worked to this day. Turquoise is often recovered as a byproduct of copper mining operations, especially in the United States. It has long been prized by Native Americans and holds strong symbolism for them.  Mt. Taylor in New Mexico, also known as Turquoise Mountain, is called “Tso odzil” by the Navajo. Legend says that this sacred mountain was fastened to earth with a stone knife and covered with a blue sky blanket decorated with turquoise.

Turquoise can fade in bright sun and is affected by the sweat and oil from your hands. Turquoise protects against accidents and is considered a traveler’s stone.  It is good for increased awareness and verbal skills.  Some say it brings good fortune and renewed health. It symbolizes honesty and self worth.  Turquoise works well for a vision quest.  It is said that turquoise will change color when worn by someone who is ill, and this is why it is known for taking on the characteristics of the person who owns it.

It is mined mostly in Iran, the Sinai Peninsula, China, Mexico, and the Southwestern United States.

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