Essential Stones: Turquoise
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Essential Stones: Turquoise

June 28, 2017

Prized for its captivating matrix of brown and black on a unique blue-green backdrop, turquoise symbolizes friendship and carries the basic wisdom of truth. Kings, shamans, and warriors alike have reached for this stone to call upon its noble powers. Its name is from the Old French for Turkish—the first turquoise stones having been traded from Persia to Europe through Turkey. Turquoise is a stone of protection, thought to represent wisdom, nobility, and immortality when worn as an adornment.

John Hardy


A variety of shades of blues and greens, often with a brown or black matrix

Found in:

United States, Mexico, China

Mind and body benefits:

As one of the oldest protection amulets, turquoise is a very personal stone that takes on the one-of-a-kind characteristics of every owner. A stone of purification, turquoise is known to clear the mind, which aids in creativity. It also dispels negative energy and stabilizes moods. Turquoise is an emblem of true friendship that increases trust, kindness, and understanding.

Healing properties:

The stone has many healing properties for both the spirit and the body. Turquoise has the power to cleanse and strengthen energy centers, lift low moods, and relieve stress.

Corresponding chakras:

Third Eye, Throat

History and legend:

Turquoise is believed to be the first gemstone used in jewelry, noted as being worn on bracelets by the Egyptian Queen Zur as early as 7500 BC. The pre-Columbia Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas used turquoise in ceremonial weaponry and ornamentation. The Native Americans of the Southwest United States also cherish the stone.