Posted on January 11 2016
Then everything turned blue: the sky, the lake, the air and the further shore. The universe became blue. The palace made of clouds now turned to marble. Shafiq-ur-Rahman, ‘Neeli Jheel’ (‘The Blue Lake’)
History of the Turquoise Stone
Native American legend says that when the rains came, the people weeped and their tears seeped into the Earth, turning into SkyStone Turquoise. (Turquoise) As one of the first gemstones to be mined, turquoise has a long and rich history with deep cultural roots spanning from Turkey to Persia, and many places in between. Turquoise color variation is influenced by the other elements that surround it. The blue tinted turquoise gets its color due to the presence of copper, whereas the greener shades of turquoise are due to the presence of iron. Shop
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Etymologically, the word Turquoise is of French origin - its phrase of origin is pierre turquoise, which translates to “Turkish Stone.” But, the name turquoise got assigned to the frequently-traded stone as a bit of a fluke. It was originally believed amongst Europeans that Turquoise came from Turkey, when in fact, turquoise had only been traded in Turkey at Turkish Bazaars. The turquoise being traded in Turkey most likely originated in Iran or the Sinai Peninsula. (Origins)
Turquoise Healing Properties
Turquoise is a protective stone that is said to change colors to warn the wearer of danger and infidelity. A purification stone, is dispels bad energy and aids in the body becoming more attuned with the physical and spiritual world. Turquoise supports regeneration of the body, strengthening the meridians, enhancing the immune system, regenerating tissue, while it also helps the body absorb nutrients more efficiently, and alleviates infections. (Hall)
Handmade Gemstone Jewelry
Artist and philanthropist Cheryl Saban has a passion for gemstones and gemstone jewelry, creating many one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade gemstone jewelry at her atelier in West Hollywood. Her turquoise creations are some of her most beautiful and unique pieces. Take a glance at some of her artisan jewelry.
Hall, J. and Gallagher, A. M. (2003) The crystal bible: A definitive guide to crystals. United States: Writer’s Digest Books. Inline citations: (Hall and Gallagher, 2003, pp. 305 - 306)
"Turquoise." Native American Indians and the Legend. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Dec. 2015.
"Origins of ‘Turquoise’" "Turquoise": History of the Name. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2016.