The Lore And Beauty Of Turquoise
by Lee Dobbins
Turquoise has been sought after for centuries for itís beauty
and healing powers. Well known for itís uses in Native American jewelry and
carvings, it has been used for centuries and dates back to ancient Egypt as
evidenced by turquoise jewelry found in the ancient Egyptian tombs.
This popular stone can range in color from vivid sky blue to a yellowish green
color and is found in mines all over the world. Although quite porous in nature,
most turquoise has been stabilized for use in modern jewelry which renders it
less apt to chip and protects it from discoloration due to exposure from body
oils. Turquoise can be strung as beads, carved into animal fetishes and combined
with a variety of other stones to make striking handmade jewelry.
Turquoise gem stones are reputed to have powerful healing properties. This stone
is said to help with public speaking as well as enhance calmness and creativity.
The wearer of turquoise my also notice improved wisdom and honesty as well as a
new sense of empathy. It has also been used to help enhance relationships,
strengthen the bond in friendships and allow one to have a better connection
with their inner self. Itís healing properties are associated with the
respiratory, skeletal and digestive systems and has long been used to cleanse
the body of toxins.
Turquoise is mined in many places around the world including Iran, China,
Turkey, Persia, Egypt and North America. The color of the stone depends on the
minerals that are in the ground. Blue stones are found where copper is present,
green stones are found where iron is present a yellowish green stone which is
quite rare is found where zinc is present and the White Buffalo turquoise found
in Nevada is mined where there are no minerals present.
If you wear turquoise jewelry, take care to clean it carefully. This porous
stone can be easily damaged if submerged in chemical cleaners. Never use steam
or ultrasonic cleaners for your gemstone jewelry. The gentlest method of
cleaning is to dip a Q-tip in warm soapy water and wipe the stone with that -
wipe again with plain water to remove any soap residue.
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