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Here's a little Gregorian Birthstone Poem for you December babies:

If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth;
Place on your hand a Turquoise blue;
Success will blesswhate'er you do.

Ever been to Taos? My husband and I went there on vacation a few years ago. There is a hysterical mole (mo-lay) sauce story associated with that trip that still makes us roll on the floor in laughter. We'll save that for another day. At any rate, this necklace strongly resembles several I saw in the Taos stores for triple (at least) the price. This one you would expect to see in the Sundance catalog.

She features a gorgeous piece of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise set on a substantial 6.4mm Sterling Silver Rolo chain. Really nice!

The length is 20".

History, myth, legend and lore:

Turquoise has been of interest to even early man. In the Western hemisphere in the burial sites of prehistoric peoples the stone was found.

The Anasazi and Hohokam mined turquoise throughout the Southwest. Turquoise is known to be a popular trade item because it was found hundreds of miles away from the mining sites of New Mexico in Mexico with the Aztecs.

It seems that turquoise was considered a stone of life and good fortune and had healing properties. In Egypt, the earliest known use of turquoise and the first mines of Sinai, it was mentioned as having mystical powers and was used in the art figures and ornaments.

In India it was used in art, medicine, and jewelry. In Tibet every Tibetan carried or wore a piece of turquoise all their life. In North and South America the stone was used in religion, art, trade, treaty negotiations as well as for jewelry. It was considered to be associated with life itself.

It was thought to prevent injury through accident, prevent blindness, by placing on the eyes or ground into a salve and as a powder. It was ingested to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and stings from snakes and scorpions.
Their colors could forecast the good or bad, predict the weather and influence dreams.

Placing turquoise in animal fat can change the stone to a deeper color. Dipping it in water can also alter the color. These methods are only temporary though.

Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. Strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world

If given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.

This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner.

Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it. It is one of the oldest stones known. This is a stone that a person must learn to attune to instead of the stone attuning to the person. It is important that the owner of a Turquoise give it the proper attention.

Turquoise Healing Powers
According to crystal healers and New Age believers, crystal and gem healing is an art and practice, done on a metaphysical level, that is being rediscovered because of the power of the earth's energies that have been absorbed by these sacred objects that, in turn, inherit vital healing powers used to heal many types of ailments. They believe that crystals have physical, spiritual, spirit, crystal energy, tranquility, spiritual awareness, zodiac, powers that can be used for Eastern Medicine treatment of everything from pain, stress, depression, therapy and feeling in the Mind, Spirit and Body. This healing section will provide information on Chakra healing, Psychic healing, Eastern Medicine, purification rituals, of Vedic Astrologers and followers of Atlantis Religion and the occult, paranormal, aromatherapy, metaphysics, and ESP.

Physical Healing
As a healing stone, Turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones. According to followers of the New Age, its powers can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems. Crystal healers recommend it for detoxification of alcohol, poison, pollution or radiation in the body, treatment of high blood pressure, asthma, infections, TMJ and dental problems.

Mental Healing
In the world of crystal healing, Turquoise is supposed to be a stone of communication. New Age healers recommend it for people who have a fear of public speaking. They believe it has the ability to make a speaker more eloquent, loving, creative and honest. But it is also improves the mental state overall by increasing all of the following positive mental characteristics: serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness wisdom all of which result in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization. It is also considered a stone of friendship. As a communication stone, the New Age believers say that it opens up the connections between friends and allowing love to flow in those communications, which strengthens the friendship bond. Further, they believe it has the power to strengthen convictions, courage and personal power.

Chakra Text
Overall, Turquoise is said to open all chakras, allowing the stone’s powers of love and communication to flow through the entire being. However, healers associate it primarily with the Throat or 5th chakra. This Chakra is the center of communication, creativity, serenity and spiritual bonding. Turquoise can also benefit the operation of the Heart Chakra by opening it up for giving and receiving love. On the brow Chakra, it strengthens the connection to Great Spirit. The blue color has come to symbolizes the spirit or sky source for spiritualists.

History of Turquoise

Turquoise is a stone that has been prized for many years. The ancient Egyptians used turquoise in jewelry. Turquoise is greenish-blue or pale sky blue. The name means "Turkish stone" as it came to Europe by way of Turkey. Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai. The best turquoise comes from Iran, but not much is exported now. Much turquoise comes from Mexico and the United States today.

Turquoise, the "fallen skystone", "gem of the centuries", is indigenous to the Americas, Egypt, ancient Persia (Iran), Tibet and China. Throughout human history, the stone has been revered and admired for its beauty and reputed spiritual life-enhancing qualities. The oldest known piece of jewelry, a turquoise bracelet, was found on the wrist of a 7000 year-old mummified Egyptian queen.

Turquoise has been known by this name since the French purchased the "turkey stone" from Turkish traders, never realizing that the turquoise was mined in Persia and later traded to the Turks.

Sinai
Since at least the First Dynasty (3000 B.C.E.) and possibly before, turquoise was used by the Egyptians and was mined by them in the Sinai Peninsula, called "Country of Turquoise" by the native Monitu. There are six mines in the region, all on the southwest coast of the peninsula, covering an area of some 650 square kilometers. The two most important of these mines from an historical perspective are Serabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh, believed to be among the oldest of known mines. The former mine is situated about four kilometers from an ancient temple dedicated to Hathor.

Iran
For at least two thousand years, the region once known as Persia has remained the most important source of turquoise, for it is here that fine material is most consistently recovered. This "perfect color" deposit that is blue naturally and turns green when heated is limited to a mine in Neyshabur, Iran. Iranian turquoise has been mined and traded abroad for centuries, and was probably the source of the first material to reach Europe.

China
China has been a minor source of turquoise for three thousand years or more. Gem-quality material, in the form of compact nodules, is found in the fractured, silicified limestone of Yunxian and Zhushan, Hubei province. Additionally, Marco Polo reported turquoise found in present-day Sichun.

United States
The oldest mine of any kind on the North American continent, the Cerrillos turquoise mine just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, dates back at least 2000 years. Native American Pueblo peoples dug deep into the stony ground using antlers and stone mauls to bring up the precious turquoise, a true labor of love.

To the Pueblos and the Navajos, turquoise is sacred, takes its color from the sky, and symbolizes the supreme, life-giving and healing power of the Creator. Originally, indigenous peoples of the Southwest carved turquoise into beads or animal fetishes or overlaid it onto wood, bone, or shell using such fixatives as beeswax or piñon pine pitch.

The Spanish introduced silver mining, smelting, and smithing technology into the Southwest in the sixteenth century. Combining that new knowledge of silver with the turquoise stone, the Native Americans created an industry of beauty.

Around 1920, Turquoise Jewelry became popular in western United States. Tourists coming to see the Grand Canyon and the Southwest bought Turquoise Jewelry from the Navajo Indians and brought it home as souvenirs’. By the 1940's, it had become very popular, mainly in the western United States and soon after throughout the country.

So there you have it!

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Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant and Sterling Silver Necklace

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