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Properties of turquoise, physiological effects, zodiac signs and turquise jewelry.
Turquoise is an opaque blue- green mineral, it belongs tot he range of hydrated phosphate.
It’s more beautiful varieties are third- order gemstones. Turquoise is also sold polished to a hemispherical or oval shape. It is considered a healing and magical stone in Eastern culture and also the indigenous Indians of Mexico and North America. Turquoise is still produced artificially today, which is almost identical to the original. The most famous natural turquoise is in the collection of the Moscow Academy, 7,6 cm long and 2,5 cm a wide piece, which at that time allegedly came to Moscow from Nadir shah's treasury.
Chemical and physical properties of turquoise:
Formula: Cu(Al,Fe)6(PO4)4(OH)8·4 H2O
Category: phosphate minerals
Color: bluish green, white (white turquoise)
Streak: yellow or green
Transparency: translucent, in mass appearance opaque
Mohs scale hardeness: 5,0 – 6,0
Specific gravity: 2,6 – 2,9 g/cm³
Major metaphysical healing properties attributed to turquoise:
For sore throat, atarrhal diseases, pneumonia, whooping cough, colds, thyroid problems, gum disease, joint gout, muscles inflammation or tendone stretch, muscle strain, detoxification, deacidification.
Zodiacs associated with turquoise gemstones:
Turquoise is the gemstone of the zodiac sign of Aquarius, Pisces and Sagittarius.
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If the turquoise is encased in silver jewelry, it should’t be cleaned with a silver cleaner as the stone will be ruined. Only the silver cleaning cloth can be used, but also with care, avoiding the turquoise gemstone. Turquoise should be protected from sunlight and fades easily because its material is extremely porous.
Occurrence of turquoise
Turkestan and Siberia, North- America, Mexico, Saxony.