Turquoise Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

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Let’s talk about one of the most popular gemstone minerals in history; turquoise.  We’ll discuss the many colors and varieties while also taking a look a this stone’s healing properties, correspondences, and meanings.

Also, read on to be sure you’re not being duped by turquoise fakes! 

This stone is quite popular in jewelry (whereas selenite – with a Mohs hardness of 2, is not as popular because it gets scratched up much more easily), particularly in Native American jewelry and southwestern designs. Some of my fav jewelry pieces are turquoise!

Metaphysical Properties and History
Treasured for thousands of years, used in ancient Africa, Asia, South, and North America for many different purposes, this mineral is perhaps most often used as some form of protection.

Historically, turquoise was found to be worn by nobility in Ancient Egypt. There are so many museum pieces displaying the use of turquoise along with lapis lazuli, carnelian, and a few others. Plus, turquoise adorns the burial mask of Tutankhamun (aka King Tut) — one of the most well known and recognized artifacts of ancient times!

  • Additionally, there’s evidence and artifacts of turquoise and copper mining activity in Sinai.
  • Here’s a great article to learn more about turquoise’s significance to certain Native American cultures.

Considered sacred to the Navajo, this stone is known to be of the bringer of rain.

Since ancient times, it’s also been used as a traveler’s companion, given to those embarking on a long journey over the ages. It’s said that when many explorers and traders were crossing the seas by boat, turquoise was to help provide a safe voyage.
In fact, I always travel with turquoise as part of my travel mojo kit.
[caption id="attachment_9458" align="aligncenter" width="597"] My travel mojo bag which includes a rough turquoise & hematite[/caption]

This mineral invites in strength and vitality along with good communication skills (great for public speaking!) I personally like to pair it up with clear quartz for this purpose — amplifying its effect.

Chakras
We most often associate this stone with the Throat Chakra.
Remember, it’s all about communication, Babe.
It assists us to clearly articulate while being sure to speak our truth (and remembering to listen well too). Again, this includes all types of communication; public speaking as well as writing.
Geology
Turquoise is an opaque (not transparent) phosphate mineral with a Mohs hardness between 5-6, depending on the type of turquoise. You may not think of it as a technical crystal because its crystals are not actually visible and it doesn’t allow light to pass through. However, it IS indeed a crystal.

How?

It’s due to its crystalline structure (not visible to the naked eye), but it’s there at the micro-crystalline level.

Turq is now primarily found in the US Southwest as well as Iran, Tibet, China, Australia, and Afghanistan, typically dry arid climates.

Being a copper-derived mineral, its color can be a whole range of blues and greens… (think of an oxidized penny or the Statue of Liberty).

Since it also contains aluminum, I don’t recommend that you put it in a crystal bath or use it to make an ingestible gem elixir.
Why Green or Blue?

  • bluer turquoise comes from more copper being present (Arizona turquoise is known for this characteristic). [The most sought-after color has the least amount of green in it; more of a lighter or robin’s-egg blue. And it’s the color that’s most often faked, so beware! More on that below.]
  • greener turquoise happens when you have some iron mixed in there (Nevada turquoise is known for this). 

Turquoise can often be found alongside calcite, azurite and malachite, chrysocolla and gem silica minerals. Being these minerals are all copper-derived, they tend to grow together in the same deposit. That’s a miner’s big clue – when they would find such specimens it was an indication that there was copper in the area and time to start digging!

I visited an awe-inspiring copper mine in Bisbee Arizona not too long ago (where Bisbee Turq hails from). The Queen Mine opened in 1915 and officially closed operations in 1975, but it’s still open for tours.  Fun Stuff!

[caption id="attachment_45311" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bisbee Turquoise specimens[/caption]
Often Faked
Due to mines being depleted, authentic turquoise has become rarer and consequently, more expensive.
So, unfortunately, the fakes abound!
There’s actually a thriving market for faked turquoise (often in the form of dyed howlite).

You may be wondering about the other turquoise colors out there. Perhaps you’ve heard of purple or White Buffalo turq?

  • White Buffalo turq – there’s hot debate over whether this material is real-deal turquoise at all. You can read about that here.  Personally, since the jury’s still out with the geologists, I’m staying neutral on this one.
  • Yellow “Turquoise”  – you may have heard of or seen this one. Not so much a fake as a misrepresentation. It’s really actually serpentine or some form of jasper. Don’t be fooled!

I’ll get to the purple stuff in this next section. 😉
STRAIGHT UP FAKE ALERT 🚨
Purple “Turquoise” – (aka Mojave Purple Turq, Magenta Turq) this one looks too good to be true — and it is. Often times it’s a result of reconstituted mineral, stabilized then mixed with a red-colored synthetic resin (oftentimes plastic) then pressed. Blue + red = purple.

More on what “reconstituted” means below.

[caption id="attachment_45313" align="aligncenter" width="466"] Purple Turquois. Photo Credit to our Crystal Family Member, Courtney Goodwin. TY, Courtney![/caption]

FYI: Sometimes people refer to sugilite as purple turq (which they really shouldn’t do because it just adds to the whole naming confusion… we have enough to contend with already without adding to the confusion, right?)

Found these examples below in a local shop labeled as “Unbelievable Turquoise hand mined in Madagascar”!!

When asked if they were mislabeled, they told me “No”.
Listen, if you like fakes; fine. It’s the deception (or ignorance) I’m against.
I feel that ignorance can’t be your excuse for long — if you’re gonna sell the stuff then you have a responsibility as a seller to educate yourself on what you’re selling. And if you’re not sure about something then please just be honest about that and then make it your business to go find the answer.

I have a blog post here that I wrote all about spotting turquoise fakes and frauds (plus some other minerals).
Reconstituted Turquoise?
Essentially, this means that small amounts of authentic turquoise that would otherwise be wasted are recycled by grinding it up into a fine powder. Resins (usually plastics), synthetic fillers, and adhesives are then often added and then pressed into a mold, carved or shaped.

I totally get the need for this (so we don’t waste that valuable turq-powder), but just keep in mind that this means that there are mostly synthetic chemicals mixed in with your turquoise. If you’re down with that, then go for it.
Shopping Tips

  • If it’s cheap, sorry to say, it’s likely not the real deal since the price of turquoise has been on the rise for several years now due to its growing scarcity.
  • One key thing to always ask about when purchasing turq is:
  • “where was it mined from?”

    It’s a good selling practice to attach the name of the specific mine to authentic turq. The reason for this is that each mine produces a distinct looking sort of turq. Knowing precisely what mine the piece came from raises the value of the specimen.

    If the turq you’re eyeing has no mine name attached to it — AND the seller has no idea what mine it came from, that could be an indication that it may not be the real deal. Here’s a great blog that shows many examples of different types of turquoise

    3. This tip was given to me by a loveable silver and turquoise miner named, Mongo from Arizona. If you’re not sure what you’re holding is chrysocolla or turq, LICK IT! Mongo says turquoise is harder and not as boney-chalky the tongue. I tried it and he’s right. 

    Be savvy
    Want more tips on turquoise and how to be savvy about spotting other fakes? Then check out my Crystal Savvy Class Elective.

    And in my next newsletter, I’ll be gifting out my Ultimate Reference Guide to Spotting Crystal Fakes to all my subscribers. This is a HUGE 105-page handy guide that you don’t want to be without if you collect crystals or perhaps are a seller. If you’re already subbed watch your inbox for that. If you’re not already subbed, get on the list here. 

    Thanks for joining me for this spotlight on Turquoise! Let me know; what does this stone mean to you?

    Crystal Blessings,

    VLOG: Bisbee 🌵 Turquoise Mining ⛏️ District

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    This is SPECIAL exclusive content here on my blog just for those of you on my email list who let me know that you were interested in seeing our fun little side trip to Bisbee, AZ. We always like to do an offshoot side trip while out in Arizona for the annual gem show to take advantage of our time there by seeing something unique and different each year.

    Sorry, it took 6 weeks to get this ready for you. I spent a bit of time editing this up. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
    Bisbee Turquoise Mining District

    Here are a few links in case you ever decide to head out there… which I HIGHLY recommend!:

    • Copper Queen Mine Tour
    • Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum
    • Old Bisbee Brewing Co. Restaurant 
    • Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
    • Bisbee Turquoise Hunt – you get to mine for turquoise in April!
    • Bisbee Gem and Mineral Show – held each May

    Thanks for joining Frankie and me! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and/or hit me up with any questions you may have.

    Crystal Blessings,

     

    How to Make Your Car a Sacred Space

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    How do you Make Your Car a Sacred Space?
    It’s high time I give my crystal car mojo kit, (that I originally created many years ago) a dose of fresh juju!

    So, I figured while I freshened up this little crystal kit, I’d also chat with you about setting up sacred space in an unlikely place; your car.  After all, it’s a place that many of us spend a lot of time. Am I right?

    Crystal Car Mojo Kit
    The first thing I add to make my car a sacred space is my must-have car protection mojo kit. We sometimes forget what a dangerous piece of machinery our car can be. My husband and I have been using one of these kits in our respective cars for over ten years now and we’ll never go without.

    I detail in the above video exactly how to create my car mojo kit.
    Extra Oomph!
    If you’d like to do more of a ritual type of thing with your mojo kit to make that much more powerful…

    • You can meditate with your Car Mojo Kit beforehand and infuse it with the clear intention of calm, peace and protective safety.
    • You can also set it on your altar to charge it up while giving it more of your intention.
    • You can create a general Protection Crystal Grid and place this mojo kit in the center of that grid to imbue it with protective properties.

    Hand Sanitizer
    Another practical and useful type of thing I like to add to my car sacred space is an all-natural hand sanitizer.

    You know that you can make your own or you can buy an organic non-toxic option like Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer and add some special magic to it. I like t add a few drops of my own high-quality essential oils and some sparkle to liven it up.  I really like this one (below) because of its small convenient size that fits right glove box or center console.

    Here’s my recipe of add-ins:

    • Add 2 drops of Lavender essential oil (or organic dried herb)
    • Add 2 drops of black pepper essential oil (or peppercorns) for protection
    • Toss in 4 small amethyst chips

    Protective Amulet Charm
    The beautiful blue glass eye amulet is called a Nazar (a Turkish word meaning “sight”). I’m Sicilian and this is a popular symbol of protection for the entire Mediterranean region. Since ancient times it’s been well-known as a protection talisman throughout the region; protection from the Evil Eye or “malocchio in Italian. It’s also known to simply offer general protection as well. But it’ll work for anyone giving me the ole’ “Stink Eye” or any road rage while out puttering around!

    I’ve anointed it with Black Pepper essential oil and hung it from my rearview mirror.

    While anointing it with the oil, I set the clear intention for protection, calm and safety and then hung it up.
    Rearview Mirror Altar?
    On the same cord with my Nazar talisman, I’ve hung an essential oil locket with the Om [Sanskrit: ॐ] symbol on it (representative of the divine sacred sound of the universe) to diffuse essential oils in my car sacred space.  This locket contains a special paper disk designed to hold essential oil scent. I do find that in the intense Florida sun I need to freshen up the oil every few days. Since I know you’re gonna ask, I got mine here. 😉

    You can put 4 drops of your high quality 100% pure essential oil of choice. I used 2 drops of black pepper + 2 drops of Lavender, (4 is a protection number) right on the disc and close the locket. You can refresh the disc as needed and refresh the oil.

    Anyone can turn their car into a sacred space with the right tools and some intention behind it … then you’re ready to roll!

    So tell me. What do you think about making your car a sacred space?  Do you have a mojo kit in yours? Can you think of other uncommon spaces that you can convert into sacred space?  Share with me in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d like to create a sacred space of your own, I have a FREE ekit here to help you do just that. 

    Crystal Blessings!

    Spotting Crystal Fakes & Frauds: Part 1

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    Hey Crystal Peeps!  I get a lot of questions about this topic & have been working on a loooong article on this topic for a loooong time…it just keeps getting longer. A little bit ago I posted some of this in a newsletter about 6 months ago (you can subscribe up there on the right side of my banner!) I figured I need to get a bit more of this out there now  & perhaps 1 day it will mature into a grown-up full-fledged article! Yay!
    So, is the crystal you purchased natural, enhanced or an all-out fake?
    The only way to know for sure is with exhaustive lab tests, however, you can still use your mad-crystal-skills & a little geology to make a strong educated guess. I see lots of misinformed YouTube vids on some of these & just want to set the record straight so you can make wise & informed decisions when making your crystal purchases, My Sweets!
    Glass vs. Quartz
    Glass is an amorphous solid. Oooooo, BIG SEXY SCIENTIFIC WORD! Amorphous just means that due to quick cooling, the molecules didn’t have time to arrange themselves in a crystalline repeating geometric pattern.

    Quartz, on other hand, cooled slowly & does have the geometrically perfect molecular structure that all crystals do. That’s what makes a crystal a crystal, Sweet Pea!

    TELLTALE SIGN OF A FAKE GLASS “QUARTZ”: Glass will often have tiny air bubbles, quartz won’t. End of story.

    Recently I got this great question:
    I remember reading on a post you made about fake crystals that if a quartz has bubbles it’s glass, not a real quartz crystal. How can you tell the difference then between an enhydro crystal (bubbles containing water) from a fake simple glass?
    The glass bubbles will usually be very tiny, spherical & have no movement inside (hence no water).

    Enhydro bubbles will def. have water moving around in them & they’re usually oddly shaped…and tend to be larger. HTH!
    Fruit-Named Quartz (strawberry, cherry, pineapple, blueberry, C’mon guys!)
    Fruity-named crystals is usually a tip off of FAKES! Not always, but I’ve found it to be true more often than not. These are typically dyed quartz or glass. Sometimes, natural red-colored fire or harlequin quartz may be dubbed “strawberry”  by the seller but since those in the geo-community equate the fruity name with artificial glass, most sellers in the know would stay away from calling it that.

    [caption id="attachment_2793" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fire Quartz from Africa- the real deal[/caption]
    Turquoise vs. Dyed Magnesite or Reconstituted
    Magnesite looks very similar to turquoise…when it’s been dyed. So does howlite. Undyed howlite & magnesite may even be sold as “white turquoise!” SHEEESH!

    The photo below is an example of dyed howlite (See the little slice I made? It’s white inside.)

    A telltale sign of dyed magnesite is very deep cracks.

    Then we have “reconstituted” turquoise. Reconstituted is when small amounts of turquoise that would otherwise be wasted are recycled by grinding it up into a fine powder.  Resins & dyes may then be added & then pressed into a mold, carved or shaped. Ummmm, no thanks. None for me.

    Here are my tried & true tips for testing your turquoise:

  • UV Light Test: turquoise containing resins will fluoresce; have a black-light? Check it out!
  • Scratch Test: due to its Moh’s hardness being a 5-6, it can be scratched by a steel knife & under magnification the edges will look tattered, if they’re smooth as butter, it’s not the real deal
  • Hot Needle Test: the tip of a hot needle will burn real turquoise, but reconstituted will melt
  • I really like DurangoSilver’s video on what exactly “White Turquoise” is:

     
    Amethyst, Citrine or Rose Quartz with SUPER-saturated color
    If your quartz is really vibrant & pretty uniform in color it may be dyed. A tell-tale sign of dyed quartz is excess dye collecting in cracks.

    And that fuchsia, bright green & deep blue agate…you know that’s dyed, right?

     

    So the moral of the story, my Sweet Crystal Hotties, is…Buyer Beware. Who are you buying from? Are they reputable & do they know what they’re talking about? Be informed & cautious. Do you have any fake-out stories to tell? Please post below to help us all out!

    Happy Crystal Buying. 🙂