The birthstone for December, turquoise is one of the oldest-known gemstones, having been prized in many ancient cultures as a love charm and a symbol of wisdom, nobility, and immortality.
Also known as the talisman of kings, turquoise is a sacred gemstone that has long been believed to warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing color. Interestingly, turquoise’s highly-porous surface can indeed absorb oils and change color when worn near the skin.
The word Turquoise is derived from the Greek word “Turkois” meaning “Turkish” because it was first brought from Turkey. Turquoise is formed over millions of years by a chemical reaction that occurs when water leaks through rocks which contain specific minerals such as copper and aluminium.
In the workspace, turquoise can help one avoid unwise investments, promotes leadership, and even aid in overcoming writer’s block. It is especially recommended for computer operators and accounts to provide mental relaxation, for laborers to prevent bodily harm, and also for those who work in television or radio to help relieve anxiety and boost self-confidence.
ATurquoise is a sky-blue or green translucent to opaque basic aluminum phosphate that contains copper.
Throughout history, the December birthstone was said to secure friendly regard, and emit positive energy only when given by a friend. The stone was also believed to restore a clear vision and enhance cognitive abilities, thus ensuring good fortune to the wearer.
Many honored it as the universal stone, believing their minds would become one with the Universe when wearing it. Indian priests wore turquoise as an amulet when calling upon the great spirit of the sky. But one of the most remarkable aspects about turquoise is its reputation as being influenced by the physical condition of the wearer, as the stone was thought to grow paler when the wearer is sad or sick, lose color when the wearer dies, and regain it when transferred to a new, healthy owner.