Today I've decided to continue yesterday's theme of blue stones. I feel that I could do with a bit more help flexing my blogging muscles. As turquoise is a communications stone, particularly for the written word, I think it would be worth exploring a little further.
Turquoise is created when water comes into contact with copper and aluminium minerals, and the stones blue colour comes from the copper content. For millennia turquoise has been mined in Egypt, near the Red Sea, in Persia and in Anatolia, which is in modern day Turkey. Ottoman Turks valued the stone so much, that it saw them control mining operations in these countries. Turquoise entered the European markets via Turkey. From the 13th century onwards the stone is known as turquoise, or the Turkish stone. Turquoise is a very porous gemstone. Changes in temperature and humidity can affect its colour. Subsequently the majority of gem quality turquoise on the market is injected with a waxy resin to help stabilise the colour.
In Persia turquoise was used to protect one from physical injury. As one of my go to stones during my travels around Asia, I never sustained and one injury (actually, there was a big toenail that got ripped off on a bus step in Penang. So lets say that I didn't sustained any serious injury). Turquoise will assist ones communication activities, both written and oral. It acts to induce wisdom and understanding, and to enhance trust, and kindness. It is said to promote spontaneity in issues of romantic and to stimulate the initiation of romantic love. Turquoise is the master healer. It emanates a purifying energy and dissipates external negativity and psychic attack.
Turquoise isn't a stone that I have personally carried recently. For the life of me I don't know why. Particularly after writing this blog. I tend to naturally differ to lapis lazuli. I'll add one to my wallet today to go with my lapis. What do you need in your wallet or purse? Maybe I can help. Drop me a line and let me know.