Turquoise transports you to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.
Turquoise, combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.
“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of colour,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a colour of deep compassion and healing, and a colour of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of colour word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”
Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a colour that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other colour in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.
In fashion, Turquoise makes a statement that can look elegant and dressy in fine silk and gemstones, or casual and fun in cotton and athletic apparel. Because of its versatility, Turquoise is a great accent colour in jewellery, purses, shoes, hair accessories and even nail polish for women, and ties, shirts and sportswear for men.
As a healing stone, Turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones. According to followers of the New Age, its powers can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems. Crystal healers recommend it for detoxification of alcohol, poison, pollution or radiation in the body, treatment of high blood pressure, asthma, infections, TMJ and dental problems.
In the world of crystal healing, Turquoise is known to be a stone of communication. Healers recommend it for people who have a fear of public speaking. They believe it has the ability to make a speaker more eloquent, loving, creative and honest. But it is also improves the mental state overall by increasing all of the following positive mental characteristics: serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness wisdom all of which result in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization. It is also considered a stone of friendship. As a communication stone, it is suggested that it opens up the connections between friends and allowing love to flow in those communications, which strengthens the friendship bond. Further, it has the power to strengthen convictions, courage and personal power.
The Navajo and Hopi in Arizona value Turquoise as an attractor of prosperity and fertility of the soil. It is used all over as a great protector and provides strength during vision quests.
Because Turquoise is so effective on the etheric planes and because healing first takes place at the etheric levels. From headaches to repairing physical damage to the body, Turquoise works to reduce disease and disorders. In ancient times, it was used for eye problems, especially cataracts. Due to the copper content it is powerful for arthritis and rheumatism.
Turquoise can be used to increase circulation to the muscles for torn ligaments or tendons. Whenever stress builds toxins in the muscles or there is a lack of oxygen, Turquoise can be useful.
Turquoise contains a high amount of phosphorus which is used in Homeopathy for lung problems. Even the ancients advised Turquoise for lung and breathing difficulties.
In addition to being the Master Healer, Turquoise is treasured as a powerful success and good luck stone.
Overall, Turquoise is said to open all chakras, allowing the stone’s powers of love and communication to flow through the entire being. However, healers associate it primarily with the Throat or 5th chakra. This Chakra is the center of communication, creativity, serenity and spiritual bonding. Turquoise can also benefit the operation of the Heart Chakra by opening it up for giving and receiving love. On the brow Chakra, it strengthens the connection to great spirit. The blue color has come to symbolizes the spirit or sky source for spiritualists.
African Turquoise is not turquoise at all. It is a type of jasper found in Africa and is often dyed to achieve a turquoise-like colour. Enhancing its role as a turquoise substitute is its matrix, which also resembles turquoise matrix.
African turquoise is beautiful in its own right. We have this for sale on the web site. The problem arises when it is sold as genuine turquoise. It is suggested that one-half of the sites on the Internet selling “African Turquoise” do not acknowledge that the item is actually a turquoise substitute. Turquoise is rare; jasper is abundant. One should expect to pay up only for the former .
So then, what is jasper? Jasper is a form of chalcedony. Another form of chalcedony is agate. The differences between jasper and agate is that jaspers (there are many of them) have less regular patterns and are more opaque. Jaspers are opaque because they contain microscopic grains of crystalline quartz, whereas the quarts in agate are more fibre-like. Jaspers take on varying colours depending on the other minerals present at the site of formation. One advantage of African jasper is that it is harder than turquoise.
This article is reproduced by kind permission of Keith Birch www.ksccrystals.com