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Turquoise Talisman, One Of Twelve Stones of Aaron's Breastplate

Updated on July 30, 2012
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This hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum, mixed with other minerals is known as Turquoise. This wonderfully blue/green stone has been herald from as far back as the Egyptians to the Aztec Kings and then to the Greeks. To the ancient Greeks, this stone was known as kalos lithos, beautiful stone. The Egyptian goddess adorned herself with so much of the sky and earth color stone that she was dubbed, Lady of Turquoise. It has earned its spot as turquoise talisman, one of twelve stones of Aaron’s breastplate from the Bible.

Turquoise got its name from the markets of Turkey. Though this gem was mined over 6000 years ago in Sinai Peninsula or Persia (this is Iran today), it was the markets in Turkey and the Turkish people who managed to have the stone readily available for trade. The Turks revered the stone as an amulet, calling it Fayruz, the lucky stone.

Today the mining of the stone in Egypt is almost non existent, however a good deal of today’s stone market is supplied by the mines in Nevada and Afghanistan. A few other places, throughout the world, are discovering small veins of turquoise, however these other two places are the biggest mines in operations today.

It is interesting to know how this stone builds itself. With trickling water and over 30,000 years to form and in the correct condition and combinations of compounds and mineral, the soft rock will pour itself into a host rock that has porous channels or holes. The stone shows off its blue colors with a milky, waxy sheen. Most stones are blue, but when the iron content is raised, it will become more of a green hue. It is also soft and porous in its raw state. When used in jewelry, often the stone is fill with a polymer or silicon to help retain a hardness allowing the stone to slow down its natural decomposition.

This December birthstone carries many mythological characteristics. It is known to have been crushed into powder for healing many ailments. Not only is turquoise a stone of prosperity and tranquility but also gives out positive and healing energies along with foresight and protections from danger.

The Arabians believed the stone could warn of danger by changing color, however these stones can change by natural occurrences, such as heat, oil, perspiration and dryness.

The European came to love the stone as a talisman for their horses and the rider. Soon the saddles had pieces of turquoise inlaid and the rider always wore a piece or had a small stone in his pocket. This insured that both the horse and rider would not break a limb!

In 1912, this stone became adopted as the planetary stone for Aquarius, Taurus and Sagittarius, by the American National Association of Jewelers. The only other stone that is similar in looks and sometimes mistaken for turquoise it the equally beautiful stone of Lapis.

In the Chakras, this stone can open all channels, however is best suited for the 4th and 5th chakra points, the heart and the throat. On the heart chakra the stone will bring out the stuffiness and give you a more arid feeling. On the throat, this stone of life will open your voice to speak clear words. In addition, placing the stone on the brow will open up the spirit world. In this type of healing, turquoise is known as the crystal master healing stone.

Also known as Agaphite to the Persians and Aztec Stone to the Mexicans and Native American Indians, this blue green stone is best described in color as a blue sky reflecting off a green emerald. Who could not resist this stone? With turquoise’s reputation, it is no wonder, that God requested this beauty the turquoise, to be one of the twelve stones of Aaron’s breastplate.

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      kathyjones1952@at 4 years ago from Jasper, Alabama

      Native Americans also wear a lot of turquoise.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub on beautiful turquoise, I see it's also my planetary stone for Aquarius - My sign! Voted up and interesting!

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      backporchstories 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you so much!

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      kathyjones1952@at 4 years ago from Jasper, Alabama

      This is another good hub, backporches. I especially like the paragraph about the europians using turquoise for their horses and riders. I'm a horseback rider, myself :)!

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