Turquoise Stone

What is turquoise?

When water is present at the time veins of copper form, it bonds with the phosphate of copper and aluminum.  This hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum is the mineral we know as turquoise.

Turquoise Stone meaning:

There is a lot to be understood about Turquoise meaning if you are familiar with the zodiac signs as it is a combination of Cancer and Pisces energies and specifically enhances those born during the last ten days of the sign of Cancer.  Excellent stone to wear during hypnosis.  

Turquoise often appears to a shaman or seer to be aware of a message to follow.  

Turquoise Stone benefits:

Wearing Turquoise encourages confidence to follow one's heart with conviction.  Consequently, the owner lives a life of honor.  

If you need a more orderly or methodical lifestyle, keep your turquoise jewelry or beads out on display.  

Keep your turquoise crystal near your bedside so that passion combines with love.

Turquoise healing properties:

Ancient Egyptians incorporated real Turquoise into the saddles for horses and camels to give them strength and fortitude.

Wearing real Turquoise jewelry and imbibing turquoise elixir is advised for humans to strengthen both the structural body and the immune system.  Perhaps this is because the body is better able to assimilate what's needed from one's diet.  Turquoise elixir is often administered to those with anorexia.

Turquoise stimulates tissue regeneration so wear following surgery, especially plastic surgery.  This may be because real turquoise (as opposed to dyed Howlite) gets blood flowing into muscle tissue.

What is stabilized turquoise?

Even though it is opaque, Turquoise is pretty porous.  Being a water stone, it is softer that most tones and more fragile.  The oils in your skin can change its color over time and it can dry out and become move vulnerable.  Due to these factors, many jewelers treat turquoise stone in some manner that strengthens it and prevents discoloration.

We associate the name Turquoise with a specific color, but turquoise stone comes in a range of colors from white to pale blue to deep blue to aqua blue to the blue green we call turquoise as a color to avocado green to chartreuse green.  Copper is responsible for the blue color.  When iron replaces aluminum, its more green.  It can also fade or turn green from loss of water content.

The hardest of turquoise measures just under 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness.  This would be about the same as window glass.  And that's at its strongest.  Most is a whole lot softer.

Here are the Gem Trade Association enhancement categories:

Natural Turquoise: All that has been done is to cut and polish the stone.  The code is N.

Backed Turquoise: Jewelers seeking to avoid the risk of damaging turquoise stone or when they are working with a particularly beautiful piece, back the stone with a steel epoxy material.  It is applied after the stone has been through the saw to create a flat side.  After it cures, the backing is trimmed to match the stone and the stone is now ready to be cut and polished.  The code is ASBL. 

Stabilized Turquoise: This is a common process that began in the 1950's in Arizona.  The raw turquoise stone is soaked in a clear resin, oftentimes under pressure.  Since turquoise is so porous, it readily absorbs the resin, which makes it stronger and makes its color more deeply hued and brilliant.  It is less likely to fracture or absorb skin oils.  The code is I.

Zachary Process Enhanced Turquoise: This sounds odd, but this process uses high voltage electricity to strengthen the turquoise.  It increases the potassium content.  Also code I.

Waxed Turquoise: The raw turquoise stone is placed in liquid paraffin wax.  Turquoise is kind of naturally waxy, so this works well.  And it is far easier to polish than the usual process of polishing by using various grades of sand grit.    The code is W.

Stabilized and Colorized Turquoise: This treatment is usually reserved for less valuable turquoise stone or stone that is really soft and pale.  Strongly hued blue-green dye is added during the pressurized clear resin soaking.  The code is I & D.

Reconstituted Turquoise: This is really man-made turquoise stone.  The manufacturer assembles crumbles and dust of real turquoise and mixes it with dye and resin and pours it into a block mold. The code is CMP.

Imitation Turquoise: As you might guess, not real stone.  This is glass or resin or even plastic that has been manufactured to look just like turquoise, usually with spiderwebbing.  Real turquoise feels cold to the touch.  The code is IMIT.

Magnesite Turquoise: A soft, pale stone that has veins that is then dyed to look like turquoise.  Howlite gets used for this a lot of the time.  Code IMIT & D.