green to sky blue, sometimesÂ 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.Â Mt. Taylor in New Mexico, also known as
Turquoise Mountain, is called â€œTso odzilâ€ 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 travelerâ€™s stone. Â It is good
for increased awareness and verbal skills.Â Some say it brings good fortune
and renewed health. It symbolizes honesty and self worth.Â Turquoise works
well for a vision quest.Â 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.