TURQUOISE GemShoppy March 9, 2015 Gemstones Turquoise has long been appreciated as a holy stone, a good-luck-charm or a talisman found in every type of jewelry. It is believed to promote good fortune, happiness, and long life. Turquoise is a birthstone for those who are born in December. The name turquoise undoubtedly comes from turc (Turkish in French) as it was transported to Europe through Turkey. It gives strengthening power to entire body of wearer. Promotes nutrient absorption, tissue. Regeneration, circulation, aligns subtle bodies. Turquoise protects against harm. Environmental pollutants. Increases psychic communication skills. Turquoise brings happiness and good fortune. Turquoise is said to be of help for heart ailments, sciatica, toenails problems and blisters. The color of turquoise ranges from sky blue through various shades of green to greenish & yellowish grey. Turquoise is opaque except in the thinnest splinters, & has a feeble, faintly waxy lustre. Turquoise, hydrated copper and aluminium phosphate [CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8*4H2O], that is extensively used as a gemstone. It is a secondary mineral deposited from circulating waters, and it occurs chiefly as an opaque, granular vein running through a host rock. Turquoise along with zircon are birthstones of Sagittarius (Archer): Nov. 22-Dec. 21. Turquoise is the anniversary gemstone for the 5th year of marriage. The stone’s color and lustre tend to deteriorate with exposure to sunlight,heat, or various weak acids. Avoid hot water and household chemicals while using it. It’s relatively soft so avoid scratches & sharp blows. Make sure certain coatings aren’t removed. It helps one to hold their personal power. The stone could be used by a Shaman to hold information about healing herbs and techniques.