Turquoise Junkie - Turquoise History

               Because of its striking beauty and mystical properties, turquoise has been adorned since the ancient Egyptians and has long been treasured by cultures ranging from Middle Eastern, Asian, to Native American Indians. With over a million year process, our beautiful and cherished Mother Nature has slowly transformed this rare, spiritual, and beautiful stone.      
                Not only does turquoise have the ability to recreate an outfit, but ancient folklore say that turquoise jewelry possess the powers pertaining to healing and protecting.  Some cultures also believe it attracts luck, love, and money.  The Persians traders in the 13th centuries wore turquoise to draw protective powers to them in their trading ventures. 
                Let’s dig even deeper. Egyptian turquoise was first found in Egypt about 7,500 years ago. Dating back to 3500 B.C., the Ancient Egyptians were known to wear and hide their turquoise necklaces in tombs. Archeologists have uncovered some of the earliest turquoise jewelry in the world found in the Upper Egypt at Abydos in the cemetery of the royal tombs.  Turquoise was so cherished by Egyptians that it has been know that the gemstones were used in the solid gold inner coffin of King Tut!
                For protection of body and soul, turquoise is sacred to many Native American cultures.  Legends say that the Native American Indians used the stone in rain ceremonies.  Some were required to throw turquoise, the “Fallen Sky Stone” in the river in hopes for rain. They danced and rejoiced when the rain came. Their tears of joy of the individuals mixed with rain and were absorbed by Mother Earth to become the Sky Stone Turquoise. The Apache felt that turquoise enhanced the powers of the sea and sky to help warriors and hunters on their hunts or battles to aim accurately. Having the ability to connect to the Earth and the sky, many believe that a piece of turquoise is a piece of the sky falling to Earth as a blessing.  The superstitions of the Zuni have said that it could protect from demons and heal an evil or possessed soul.
                Turquoise may come and go in fashion but for me, turquoise is more precious than diamonds or gold! I value and am fascinated by the beliefs of Native American Indians and am always eager and anxious to be educated. Personally turquoise is cleansing, provides me protection, prosperity, good fortune and success. It is the symbol of our Earth and Sky.  Earth is alive and no matter how small or large, everything is precious. Free from negative energy and increasing my self-confidence, my turquoise is sacred and individual in their stories.
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 Bracelet of Tutankhamun with Sacarab, Gold, Lapiz, Carnelian, Turquoise, and Quartzite. Photo credit: Pinterest

Bracelet of Tutankhamun with Sacarab, Gold, Lapiz, Carnelian, Turquoise, and Quartzite. Photo credit: Pinterest

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