The Physical Healing Powers of Turquoise. As a healing stone, Turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones. According to followers of the New Age, the healing powers of Turquoise can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems.
Turquoise stones are one of the most ancient of gemstones. Turquoise has been used in jewelry, other adornments, statues, amulets and trinkets since before 5000 BC. This blue-green mineral rock has been used consistently through time in a manner in keeping with turquoise meaning. Signifying balance, wisdom and truth, turquoise gemstones combine beauty with usefulness in turquoise meditation, turquoise chakra and turquoise healing benefits for mind and body.
Turquoise has an extremely long history of use by kings, shamans and warriors for protection and good fortune. This blue-green mineral rock's name is French. The French word turquoise meaning is "Turkish stone." Treasured turquoise gemstones were transported from Asia, where turquoise rocks were mined, to Europe by way of Turkey. Because of this, the French named them "Turkish stone" or Turquoise. The blue-green gemstone was sacred to Aztecs, Chinese, Egyptians, Incas, Native Americans and Persians. To them, turquoise meaning was centered on luck, power and protection.
These copper hydrous phosphate and aluminum rocks are mined only for the purposes of making jewelry or ornamental statuettes and trinkets. Blue turquoise and green or blue-green turquoise are the most desirable turquoise colors. There are yellow-green turquoise gemstones but they are not as highly valued. Lengthy exposure to direct sunlight, heat, body oils, perspiration and cosmetic can alter the color of turquoise gemstones.
Turquoise rocks are mined in Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Chile, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Mexico, the southwestern United States and Tanzania. Turquoise deposits form better in arid climates. The best quality turquoise stones currently come from mines in northeastern Iran and SW in America. Turquoise gemstones from these areas are commonly robin's egg blue. Chinese or Tibetan turquoise gemstones are green and carry different turquoise meanings.
Turquoise has been valued for over 7,000 years. Beads made from turquoise in 5000 BC were found in Iraq. Egyptians mined turquoise rocks in Sinai as long ago as 3200 BC. They used it to adorn Tutankhamun's death mask.