Turquoise is universally considered a lucky stone. Native Americans believed that turquoise will bring happiness and good fortune to all. In Persian, Turquoise is known as “Ferozah”, meaning victorious and it is the national gemstone of Iran to this day. Among the Aztecs in the 14th century Turquoise was more highly valued than gold.
The blue of Turquoise was thought to have powerful metaphysical properties by many ancient cultures. Turquoise has long been associated with gods and goddesses all over the world--in ancient Egypt, Persia, China and the Americas. To the Egyptians, Turquoise was seen as a symbol of rebirth. The Sun God Ra's hair was said to be made from the stone. The Aztecs offered a death skull inlaid with turquoise to their serpent god of the sun, Quetztalcoatl. Many North American Indian tribes viewed the stone as a male stone of power and the Apaches believed that it could be found in the damp ground at the end of the rainbow. In Mexico, Turquoise was reserved for the gods, it could not be worn by mere mortals. Ancient manuscripts from Persia, India, Afghanistan, and Arabia report that the health of a person wearing Turquoise can be assessed by variations in the color of the stone.
Called as a balancing stone, Turquoise helps balance the spiritual and the physical--as the sky connects the heavens to the earth. Ancient Indians believed in its ability to heal and every shaman possessed at least one piece of Turquoise. It may also be useful in relieving migraines.
Today, Turquoise is more popular than ever as modern designers incorporate Egyptian, Persian and Native American motifs with their design.
Turquoise from Iran is often said to be the best because it is sometimes a clear sky blue with no green modifying color and no black veins running through it. Turquoise just as fine is also mined in Arizona and New Mexico. In general, the bluer the blue, the higher the value. A clear even texture without mottling or veins is also preferred.
Turquoise is the birthstone for those born in the month of December.
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