Loyalty ~ Wealth and Prosperity ~ Empowering
Chakra: Third Eye and Throat
Birthstone: December (By Month) - Pisces, Scorpio and Sagittarius (By Zodiac Sign)
Wedding Anniversary: 11 Years
Benefits for your Mind
Panic Attacks ~ All kinds of Fears and Phobias but especially good for Fear of Flying ~ Depression ~ Stabilises mood swings ~ Wisdom ~ Induces feelings of peace and calmness ~ Shame ~ Guilt ~ Empowering and helps provide you with mental strength
Benefits for your Body
Throat problems ~ Anti-Inflammatory ~ Arthritis/Gout ~ Reduces acidity in the body ~ Detoxifying ~ Cataracts ~ Headaches ~ Vertigo ~ Balance problems ~ Assists with issues to do with the Eyes, Ears, Neck and Throat areas ~ Exhaustion.
Benefits for your Soul
Clears Electromagnetic Smog (From Computers, Mobile Phones, Televisions and Microwaves) ~ Great for speaking in public ~ Creative problem solving ~ Great for Jet-Lag ~ Meditation ~ Protects you from negativity ~ Promotes spontaneity in relationships ~ Empowering if you are suffering from being bullied or from any other injustice's.
*Turquoise is also known as the Gemstone of Purification.
A Little History
Turquoise has been around for many, many years and in fact dates back to around 6,000 BC where it was most popular in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Persia - (Now known as modern day Iran since 1935) and around 3,200 BC there is evidence that the Egyptians were mining for Turquoise in the mines located in the Sinai Peninsula of which unbelievably are still in use to this very day.
This part of the world, the Sinai Peninsula was known by the natives as the Country of Turquoise.
The beard and chest part of King Tutankhamun's mask was ladened with Turquoise, the crown part that comes down either side of his head onto his chest was filled with Lapis Lazuli with some of this same Gemstone also on the chest part of his mask.
The tombs and halls of the Egyptian Pharaohs themselves were said to be embellished with Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli.
For thousands of years Turquoise was known throughout many different cultures for being a Sacred Gemstone and was also seen as the symbol of Wisdom, Power and the link to immortality, therefore was only available for people in a hierarchy status such as Aristocrats, People with hereditary titles, Privileged class, lords and ladies.
It is said that since approximately 2014,Turquoise is becoming more valuable and rarer than Diamonds due to the Governments restrictions and high costs of mining for Turquoise which is said to be less than 5% of Turquoise working mines still in operation Worldwide.
Please be aware of fake Turquoise being sold on the market
Sadly and unfortunately due to the Gemstone Howlite being a very absorbent kind of Gemstone and much cheaper, it is often dyed to a Turquoise (bluey-green) kind of colour and sold off as fake Turquoise Gemstones.
Genuine and Natural Turquoise may have slightly similar markings on them like Howlite, however they are more easily identified and recognised as being completely different from each other.
Below are just a few examples:
- Hardness - Howlite has a hardness rating of 3.5 on the Mohs scale and Turquoise has a hardness rating of between 5 and 6 (please see below) therefore Howlite would scratch more easily than Turquoise.
- Colour - There are many ways to test if Turquoise is actually fake, but one of these ways is the colour test - *Be careful not to ruin any jewellery you may have, using nail varnish remover (acetone) and adding some onto a cotton bud, then rub the Turquoise Gemstone, if any colour comes off onto the cotton bud, then it is most likely to be Dyed Howlite and not Genuine and Natural Turquoise.
- Cost - As Turquoise Gemstones are a lot more expensive compared to Howlite, always remember the old adage - "If it's too good to be true, then it probably is"
Mohs Scale: 5 - 6
(The Scale Number from 1 to 10 given to Gemstones based on their hardness and ability to Scratch another Gemstone)
*As Genuine Gemstones are naturally formed, please be aware that any markings and colours/shades may vary slightly from one Gemstone to another.
**All content on Gemstones throughout our website is for informational purposes only, for any health related illness's/conditions, please seek advice from your health care practitioner.