Rocks made from the Heavens

Turquoise is one of the most unique gemstones because of it’s heavenly hues and rare geographic origins. It gets its name from the French word for Turkish, since the first turquoise brought to Europe came from Turkey. Who knew? The formation is almost completely dependent on weather and local minerals. For example, turquoise will form as malachite breaks down and reacts with phosphorous, or copper sulfide with feldspar. Because of this, it will only form in arid areas, usually deserts or near volcanic activity.

Since turquoise is a secondary mineral, it almost never forms a crystal. This is why it appears blobby and amorphous, lending to its unique appeal. It grows naturally as the liquid mix of minerals flows over bedrock, the minerals settling like drops of water. As a result, turquoise has come to symbolize good fortune in many desert cultures.

Starting with Ancient Egypt, this favored stone has been adored by kings and peasants alike. Turquoise was used to decorate furniture in tombs to bring good fortune to the dead. Later, Persians believed that wearing it could protect them from unnatural deaths. They believed that if the stone changed color, the wearer would meet an unfortunate end. It is one of the most revered stones to several Native American tribes. It is said to bridge the gap between Heaven and Earth, creating a more harmonious relationship with Nature. It’s since been proven that the stone can and will change color, but not because death is lurking around a dark corner. It reacts to oils and makeup on the skin, as well as lighting. To protect turquoise from losing its luster, put any jewelry containing the gemstone on last and take it off first before doing anything with water.

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