Turquoise - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History and Myths

Turquoise Last updated : September 22, 2019 7:23 AM

The talisman of kings, shamans, and combatants, Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone that the humankind has ever known. The beautiful shade that it holds has given the vocabulary of colors a new color called Turquoise. It is a stone of protection and strength and gives you a soothing feeling when you keep it in hand.

This ancient gemstone is highly regarded by a number of civilizations around the world due to the metaphysical and healing properties of Turquoise that it encompasses. Although being ancient, Turquoise finds itself in fashion again and again in every era as it has a magnetizing beauty that attracts people to wear it in rings, earrings, neckpieces, etc.

The name Turquoise is taken from the French word, “Pierre Turquoise”, which means “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines of Asia were taken through Turkey. The Venetian merchants used to often purchase a precious and semi-precious stone from the Turkish markets.

Where is Turquoise found?

The best varieties of Turquoise stones come from Iran, Australia, Tibet, Afghanistan, and south-western USA. It can also be found in Arabia, France, Britain, Russia, Poland, Peru, Egypt, China, and Mexico.

Healing Properties

The benefits and healing properties of Turquoise stone are:

  • Physical healer

Turquoise is a stone of strength, good for fatigue, despair, panic attacks and depression. It improves psychic and physical immune systems, and supports the absorption of nutrients, viral infections, and alleviating pollution. Turquoise is an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying stone, which also helps in reducing excess acidity and benefits rheumatism, gout, and the stomach.

Turquoise aids in problems of the eyes, brain, neck, ears, and throat, particularly migraine pains, cataract and headaches. It is also supportive to the respiratory system thereby treating allergies and disorders in lungs. It is believed that wearing a Turquoise necklace helps putting off tracheitis and other diseases related to bronchitis. It is also thought to cure speech disorders such as stumbling and stammering.

  • Emotional Healer

Turquoise is an efficient healer known to provide relief for to the overall well-being of the body. It is beneficial for the equilibrium of the mood and emotion by and large by providing it tranquillity and peace. It alleviates nervous tension and brings the focal point back to the heart. It is compassionate and balancing, assisting one to identify the grounds for pleasure and misery, and to overpower them.

Being the stone of purification, Turquoise disperses negative energy from the body and cleans the electromagnetic pollution from the atmosphere. It promotes the sense of self-realization and thus comforting the nerves when speaking in the presence of others. It helps in stabilizing mood swings that surround a person at any time and dissolves the negative attitude of self-sabotaging.

  • Spiritual Healer

Spiritually, Turquoise nurses back and cleanses the energy centres of the body. It lets the wearer feel and sense the beauty, kindness, and trust that prevail in the heavenly powers. It inspires the wearer to extend the feelings to others of what he wishes for himself—kindness, contentment, freedom, love, and compassion.

Turquoise boosts the capacity of the wearer to see all characteristics of himself, whether good and bad, and to incorporate these aspects into an organized form. It helps the wearer to learn from his mistakes and to not repeat them again.

  • Heals and balances chakra

Turquoise builds up energy fields and other meridians of the body to enhance communication between the corporeal and spiritual worlds. To sustain concentration while meditation, place it on the third eye chakra. For the Throat Chakra, Turquoise helps in releasing old promises, self-consciousness and lets the inner strength stand for itself once more.

Turquoise is a stone that finds entirety and genuineness in a person. It makes it easy to express oneself and bring forward one's innermost insight. Turquoise instils power in those who are introvert about sharing their thoughts and perceptive with others.


Turquoise Facts

Some facts about Turquoise

  • Turquoise is the stone for the people who are born in the month of December.
  • Turkish, Persian, and the horsemen of Samarkand, often used to attach Turquoise to the frontlets and bridles of their horses as talismans to look after them from ill-effects of consuming cold water when overheated by due to exertion. It used to enhance their endurance as well.
  • The Zuni people used to believe that Turquoise could protect them from evil spirits.
  • In earlier times, Turquoise was assumed to have the capability to telling the time correctly if changed from a string inside a glass. It was believed that the exact number of strokes that the stone hit against the sides is the correct hour.
  • There is an old saying about Turquoise:

"If cold December gave you birth

The month of snow and ice and mirth

Place on your hand a Turquoise blue

Success will bless whatever you do”

Metaphysical Properties

An opaque gemstone, Turquoise is the mineral that is made up of hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium. This combination of minerals is considered to be of a fine grade in the category of gem and ornamental stones. However, the limitations, treatments, and synthetics that have been introduced in the recent markets have devalued the uniqueness of Turquoise.

The most excellent quality of Turquoise is also prone to fracture, and as a result of which it reaches an utmost hardness of just in between 5-7 on the Moh’s scale. Characteristically, Turquoise is a cryptocrystalline mineral and does not form a single crystal. Its shine is usually between waxy to semi-vitreous.

Turquoise is a permeable gemstone, and thus it can easily be dyed. The dying of Turquoise is done to emphasize its blue color from those stones which are mottled or have a high amount of green in them. However, these dyed stones can eventually wear off by the time and certain chemical exposures. Moreover, to enhance the lustre of Turquoise, which is a little dull, a kind of wax or a plastic lubricant is also used. The chemical name for Turquoise is “Aluma Phosphate”.

Types of Turquoise

  • White Turquoise

White Turquoise or White Buffalo Turquoise is a popular stone that is used in the southwest silver jewellery. It is somewhat creamy-white in color with a waxy texture. The black speckles on this stone make it similar to that of the skin of a buffalo, and hence it is called as White Buffalo Turquoise, or White Turquoise. It is considered to be holy.

  • Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is found in the south-western part of the United States in Arizona. These are highly demanded stones and have made an incredible impact on the history of Turquoise over the past few years. The stone is called Sleeping Beauty Turquoise because the hilltop where it is mined resembles a woman who is sleeping with arms crossed. It is purely and beautifully sky-blue in color.

  • Copper Turquoise

Mainly in blue and blue-green color, Copper Turquoise is called so because this stone is more enhanced by nature as it has amazing copper speckles on it, which the blue color of Turquoise more prominence.

  • Web Matrix Turquoise

The dark veins, which are somewhat similar to spider’s web, and often runs through Turquoise are called Matrix. Web Matrix Turquoise is basically the leftovers of the rock that helps the formation of the Turquoise through oxidation and weathering procedures over millions of years.

Turquoise at a Glance

Cleavage None
Other Names Turuqois
Crystal Habit Massive, nodular
Streak Bluish white
Refractive Index 1.61-1.65
Diaphaneity Semitranslucent - Opaque
Moh's scale (hardness) 5-6
Sources Iran, Australia, Tibet, Afghanistan, South-Western USA, Arabia, France, Britain, Russia, Poland, Peru, Egypt, China, and Mexico.
Chemical formula  CuAl₆(PO₄)₄(OH)₈ • 4H₂O
Lustre Waxy to sub-vitreous
Color Light To Medium Blue, Greenish Blue To Green, Often Mottled With Brown, Dark Gray, Black Veins.
Chakra Healing Throat chakra
Birthstone December
Zodiac Sagittarius

Turquoise Color

Turquoise gemstone exhibits its blue, green and sea green colors that enhance its appealing gape.

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I have read somewhere that Turquoise is the best talisman for gifting purpose on 5th and 11th wedding anniversary. I also want to gift it to my hubby. Will it be apt? I have heard that your information is real and your suggestions are also true. So, help me out.
Reply on 7/11/14
Hi Akle, according to me you should try new Q/A section of Jewelexi named, Ask Mittens. Here you may post a free question about gemstone or any healing issue. Then, their astrologers will go through your question and will revert back with an apt answer which will prove to be a helpful solution for you.
Reply on 29/5/15
Yeah Akle… Turquoise is a best wedding charm that you may gift your soul mate on your special day. You may go for it but before that we want to offer you an advice that you should consult with your astrologer. He will suggest you an apt talisman for your husband. Best of Luck and wish you a happy and prosperous life ahead.
Reply on 17/11/14
hi...let me solve half of your issue...i am a tuner of turquoise gemstone from one year...i found this gemstone good in many aspect...but as you know every gemstone doesn't suit every person...so your zodiac or date of birth should match with it...then only you will get the perfect charm for you..what say???
Reply on 20/4/15
John D
You have listed a lot of turquoise types like-
Copper turquoise
Sleeping beauty turquoise
Arizona turquoise
Tibet turquoise
What is the major difference between them other then the place of origin ?
Reply on 15/6/15
Hi, we are glad that you read articles and show a keen interest in the healing properties of the crystals. Yes, apart from the place of origin, they too vary in their healing procedures as they hold different powers and cure particular issues. Moreover, the attributes of the turquoise are same.
Reply on 16/6/15
Turquoise has many properties like serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness and wisdom for all, these are the only things which attracts me more towards it.
Reply on 18/7/19
Turquoise necklaces are so beautiful. I'll surely buy from you
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