If the word 'turquoise' reminds you of a happy place, a vacation paradise and its stunning bluish-green waters with a hammock strung between two palm trees on a white sandy beach... you're not alone! That said, there is so much more to turquoise than just its dreamy color...
This vibrant yet tranquil, blue-green colored gemstone is associated with calm, strength, wisdom, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, friendship, love, joy, patience, intuition and loyalty.
It's a birthstone for December and is especially great for people in television or radio, accountants, writers and people who travel often.
Wear turquoise to attract success and prosperity, since it's an empowering stone that encourages ambition & creativity.
The name turquoise is derived from the French, 'pierre turquoise', meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars.
For thousands of years, turquoise has spanned all cultures, as it was prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality. In ancient times, people adorned themselves in turquoise for power, luck, and protection. Turquoise was sacred among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans.
Turquoise beads dating back to 5000 B.C. have been found in Iraq, and the Egyptians mined the stones in the Sinai in 3200 B.C. The death mask of Tutankhamen was studded with turquoise, as were the mosaic masks, inlaid skulls and power statues of Montezuma, the last ruler of the Aztecs.