Meaning and Healing Properties of Tarquise
Turquoise is a stone, called by its very name, to bring joy and happiness. The name of the gem came to us from Farsi. “Firyuza” by the Persians – this is an elated mood, and a blossoming flower, and shared with each other pleasure. “Piruz” – and at all “victory”. The main property of turquoise, the Persians found, is the ability to overcome enemies!
Arabs, borrowing the Persians word, began to consider the blue stone as a talisman of luck. The reigning Islam readily accepted the gem: the story of the prophet Muhammad was engraved on a particularly worthy piece of turquoise.
In Europe, turquoise was rated as the best of the Saracen stones. The mineral was called a celestial stone and Egyptian azure. In the course of the story there was a legend that turquoise appeared from the bones of the deceased righteous, and gives the person the opportunity to improve right up to obtaining the right to ascension to heaven.
Rebirth, however, is hampered by sins. Persevering in unbelief makes the heavenly stone turn green – and the green turquoise’s ability to bring the mortal closer to the kingdom of God is lost…
Physico-chemical properties of turquoise
Turquoise is a complex copper and aluminum phosphate, a mineral of sedimentary origin. Chemical formula CuAl6 ∙ (OH) 2 ∙ PO4 ∙ 4H2O
Hardness up to 6 points on the Mohs scale. Density up to 3 g / cm3. Transparency – opaque, can shine dull green. The crystals are small, up to 0.3 mm in length; are rare.
Color: various shades of blue, green (from apple to olive). It is brown and even petty. Dark mesh (sometimes reminiscent of cobweb) pattern on the stone is formed by veins of shales, iron oxides, manganese.
Distinguish the so-called “lacy” turquoise – a stone, folded by rounded deposits of copper aluminophosphate. Polishing lace turquoise reveals the concentrically zoned color of the segments.
Deposits of turquoise
Rich deposits of quality turquoise are concentrated in Iran. It was Iranian turquoise from Nishapur that became the object of veneration in the countries of the ancient world. A thousand years earlier – and just over 6,000 years ago – turquoise mining in the Sinai Peninsula began.
The American state of Arizona is famous for its turquoise mines. The quality of Arizona gems is close to the parameters of the Iranian stone. Central Asian, South American and Australian deposits of turquoise give an enormous amount of a colored mineral of average quality.
The legendary stone
Gem, whose history in terms of duration equals the history of mankind itself, could not but draw legends. In the Russian tradition, a belief has arisen that it is possible to find turquoise only at the place of death (another option is at the grave) of a person who suffered from unrequited love and died from an excess of feelings. To buy a turquoise as a gift to the girl was impossible – in order to avoid failures in the personal life of the donee.
Buddhists appreciate turquoise as a stone that helped the enlightened Shakyamuni destroy the demon. Tibetans, revered the Buddha, changed their names to “turquoise roofs” and “turquoise vaults”, wishing to receive the greatness of dharma.
Legends of North American Indians told of the goddess of Heaven, crying with turquoise tears. Pieces of blue with a green gem not only were appreciated and collected, but also served as a means of exchange in the calculations, thus replacing money.
Until recently, cavalrymen from all countries of Europe tried to wear at least one ring with turquoise. The blue stone seemed to reduce the weight of the rider, and due to this, falling from the horse, the person was less injured. If bruises and abrasions occur, it was customary to apply turquoise to them to speed up healing.
Some modern doctors believe that the effect of such treatment is real. Copper ions, entering the bloodstream through the skin, are really capable of accelerating metabolic processes.
Therapeutic properties of turquoise
Ancient Persian tracts, which have survived to this day, recommend the use of crushed turquoise in a variety of cases. The ointment with turquoise powder was attributed to the ability to treat ulcers and eye diseases, infectious lesions of mucous surfaces and light skin burns. Reception of a water infusion of a semiprecious stone was recommended to eliminate nervous excitation, fear, and anxiety. Turquoise powder served as a cure for hepatic fever.
The Arabs treated turpentine hepatitis and inflammation of the stomach. It was believed that the silver plate, adorned with turquoise inserts, is the best contact remedy for stopping traumatic bleeding. Pribintovyvaya silver with turquoise to the wound, Arab doctors could really stop the flow of blood and to reduce the incidence of infection of wound surfaces.
In Eurasia, it is widely believed that the healing properties of turquoise are manifested only in the “young” mineral, to which the gem is assigned a pronounced blue color. Green and the more white turquoise are considered “old” (white – gray) and inactive.
The Aztecs, on the other hand, felt the greatest impact force from a greenish stone of the color of sea water. However, as a purely therapeutic means of turquoise, they were not used. It was considered sacrilege to adapt the sacred gift of the gods to the practical needs of man. Another matter is supernatural needs…
Magic properties of turquoise
Following ancient Persia, modern Europe considers turquoise as a stone that attracts luck, which gives success and joy. A special role is assigned to the blue mineral in matrimonial matters. It is believed that the wearing of turquoise rings, carved from one stone, strengthens the conjugal ties.
In America (especially in the USA), natural turquoise is used as a focus of forces capable of comforting the heart broken by love failures. American magicians recommend conducting every evening tactile, visual and verbal communication with turquoise. It is noted that a positive effect is achieved after the first session.
Magic properties of turquoise are not limited to helping a person in matters of the heart. The Arabs, who adored the blue stone, especially if the natural form of turquoise concretions resembled a woman’s breast, noticed: the hand decorated with a turquoise ring never poorens. Especially effective is the mineral, if a ring with a turquoise insert is worn at the time of the moon rising at the new moon.
The purity of the sky color gives turquoise the opportunity to save the owner from poisons. The bites of small insects are insensitive to a person who always wears jewelry with a blue gem. True, the zodiacal Lions of turquoise do not really help. Sagittarians are more suited to the color stone of the misty sky (whitish blue). Taurus and Scorpio can successfully count on green stones. White turquoise helps Aries, Virgins and Pisces. The other signs of the zodiac are classic blue turquoise.