Turquoise and Spirituality

Published: 09th April 2009
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Turquoise was first discovered by the Egyptians in the Sinai about six thousand years ago. While the beauty of the gemstone with sky blue color and dark veins made a big impression on the Egyptians, they elevated it to a new level by attaching spiritual and religious significance to this stone. Only royals and high priests were allowed to own and wear turquoise. Turquoise objects such as turquoise pendants, amulets, and other ornaments have been found in several burial tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The Egyptians were certainly to find turquoise, but they were by no means the only civilization who held this blue gemstone in such high esteem. Native Americans found turquoise on the North American continent about one thousand years ago. It was first found in the location of present day New Mexico near the town of Cerritos. The natives thought that the blue color of the stone represented the heavens. Yet, it was found below the surface of the earth. They therefore drew the conclusion that turquoise represented the coming together of heaven and earth. It because a spiritually important item in their lives, and they began to include it in their religious ceremonies. The ancient Aztecs and Incas also revered this stone through their civilization.

A bit of technical background on this popular gemstone. It is formed from hydrated phosphates of copper and aluminum with some other compounds and minerals as impurities. The blue color comes from the copper, although the other impurities may alter its appearance. So copper was a key requirement for the formation of this stone. Most of the sources of turquoise around the world are found near large copper deposits. This is true in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and South America. The exception to this rule is Iran, which produces some of the best quality stone in the world. The turquoise in Iran is found in trachyte formations. The reason for this apparent aberration is not known.

Natural untreated turquoise can absorb moisture and oil from the skin and slowly change color. In the old days, this led to a strange belief. People believed that if the color fo the stone changed, it meant that the wearer had been unfaithful! Clearly, there was no basis for this belief. The metaphysical world believes that this stone can treat alcoholism, help victims of poisoning, and provide those suffering from high blood pressure and dental problems. Sometimes, turquoise may be combined with other gems to help enhance both properties. Turquoise beads may be included in a white pearl necklace . White pearls are often a symbol of purity and innocence while turquoise beads protect the wearer.

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