Healing Properties of Turquoise
Like most blue gemstones, turquoise activates the throat chakra, helping us speak our wisdom and truth. The gift of turquoise is in bringing an awareness that every part of us is an element of our Divine self, to be understood and embraced. The heart of compassion is knowing that darkness and pain is a universal human experience, and only by integrating these aspects of existence can we become whole. Turquoise encourages to accept ourselves, warts and all.
Turquoise as a Gemstone
An opaque greenish-blue gemstone consisting of a copper aluminum hydrous phosphate mineral. It often has veins of darker or lighter material running through it. Dyed howlite is sometimes used to mimic turquoise, so be sure that what you buy is sold as genuine turquoise and you trust your source.
Turquoise has a long history dating back to 5000 B.C. and is mined in Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Australia, and in the southwestern US.
“Stabilized” means that turquoise has been processed in a way that hardens it and deepens the color somewhat. The vast majority of turquoise on the market is stabilized, as otherwise it is too soft and prone to fading when used in jewelry. Be aware that while it is not necessary to dye turquoise to stabilize it, some sellers do dye it while stabilizing it to produce a more intense color. So, be careful and ask questions when you are buying if you are looking for undyed turquoise.