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Turquoise

Birthstone:
December

Origin:
Iran, USA, Australia, Russia, China, Chile, Egypt, Mexico

Chemical Formula:
CuAl₆(PO₄)₄(OH)₈ • 4H₂O

Mineral:
Hydrated Copper and Aluminium Phosphate

MOHS Hardness Scale:
5-6

Healing Properties:
Turquoise attracts money, success and love. Its powers include protection, healing, courage,  friendship, and luck. Relaxes the mind, and eases mental tension.

A great deal of turquoise symbolism and lore involves predicting danger

Purification, Serenity, Protection, Wisdom, Balance, Strength, Friendship, Love, Positive thinking, Sensitivity

Turquoise is a purification stone.  It dispels negative energy and can be worn to protect against outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere.  Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm.  It is excellent for depression and exhaustion, it also has the power to prevent panic attacks.  Turquoise promotes self-realisation and assists creative problem solving.  It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love.

History and Myth:
A gift of Turquoise represents friendship and luck. The Persian word for turquoise is "ferozah" or "firozah", which means victorious
The name turquoise is apparently related to the fact that is was brought to Europe from the Eastern Mediterranean by Levantine traders, more commonly known as Turks.  Its been used as a valuable ornament for ages and was used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. The color is, of course, turquoise, but its range of color varies from green and greenish blue to sky blue shades.
The Apache highly prized duklij, turquoise, for its talismanic properties. They carved amulets, beads, pendants, and fetishes from this material. If Apache shamans didn’t possess this stone, they wouldn’t receive proper recognition from their tribes. One popular belief connected turquoises and rainbows. If you could find the end of a rainbow after a storm, searching the damp earth would yield a turquoise.
The Navaho used ground turquoise and coral to make sacred sand mandalas to summon rain.
Turquoise is sacred to many Native American's and was carved in the shape of animals and birds. These carvings were placed in the Indians tombs to attract beneficial spirits and to guard the dead. Turquoise was also used by medicine men for healing and by warriors who fixed turquoise to the end of their bows to insure accurate shots.


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