The name Turquoise might have come from the French word ‘Turquie’, known as Turkish stone, because of earlier beliefs that the crystal came from there. Although it most likely came from the Alimersai Mountains in Persia, also referred to as Iran or better known as the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Both are the world’s oldest Turquoise mines. Most cultures preferred the blue stone as it did not change color. However, King Tut’s treasures mostly consisted of these stones and the colors till today don’t indicate any change.
The Uses of this Stone in the Native World:
Stories about the power invested in the stone is that if you wear it set in a ring and you look down and spot a crack in the stone, it took a blow that was aimed at you (the stone took it as the Indians would say).
Legend states that the people celebrated, danced and cried whenever the rain came. Their tears mixed with the rain, leaked into the earth and became the Skystone. Turquoise was believed to be the ”fallen sky stone” and hidden in Mother Earth, today this gem is also known as December birthstone. It has been valued by most tribes for its reputed life and spiritual properties alongside its beauty.
Other tales regarding this stone stated that the rock brought together the spirits of the sea and sky to bless hunters and warriors. A turquoise arrowhead was considered to assure accurate aim. It was also said that a single piece was hidden at the end of the rainbow. Indians used these stones to guard burial sites and signify the god of the sky called Uranus, the first ruler of the universe.
Modern Myth, Uses and Healing Technics of the Turquoise stone:
– Success and good fortune
– Spiritual attunement
– Protection and prosperity
The spiritualists reported that if there is a color change from dark to light it is the stone’s ability to detect danger, poison, infidelity or sickness. This stone is a grounding force strengthening its carrier against fear and increasing one’s feelings of trust and wisdom. Shamans spread its protective powers to the owner’s property.
Meaning of Shapes and Colors:
– The faceted stone is commonly used as a throat chakra and protection amulet. Ancient cultures believed it to be a symbol of wealth.
– The Rough rock is known to take on its owner’s characteristics along with protecting the carrier against negative energies.
– Beads are the oldest gemstones yet and date back to around 5000B.C. This stone teaches the carrier about forgiveness and compassion.
Instead of asking what tribes used this particular gemstone, one can ask who didn’t use it. From Egyptians to Native Americans celebrated its beauty by placing it in jewelry and used them to decorate the graves of their leaders. For the Egyptians the blue meant regeneration and for the Natives it held power of protection. It is the only gemstone that is named after a color and the Aztecs, Chinese, Mesoamericans and Tibetans held its beauty in high regard and rightfully so. This gem is truly a mixture of beauty and power.