If you're a unique sort of person who marches to the beat of their own drum, the turquoise might just be your best bet for a personal power gemstone!
The word itself is derived from the Greek word "Turkois," their name for the country Turkey, which was the main source of turquoise in ancient times. This gemstone is formed by minerals such as copper or aluminum being pressed by the Earth's surface while water drips through the minerals for millions of years.
Turquoise is a mineral with a coloring that's so distinct that the robin's-egg color is actually named after it! This rich blue-green stone can actually range in color from dark blues and greens, all the way to the lighter sky blue that is turquoise's namesake. The gemstone is associated with the month of December, and can be found in many parts of the world, including China, India, many parts of South America, and the southwestern United States.
Native Americans consider the turquoise crystal to be a sacred and powerful stone. In the past, turquoise was often carved into shapes of animals and birds, and placed into tombs as offerings, to attract positive spirits and to keep their dead safeguarded from evil. Additionally, warriors would tip their bows and arrows with turquoise to ensure an accurate shot during battle or hunting. The ancient Mayans would also use it to decorate artwork for their temples, forbidding people to wear it as it was revered as a stone of the gods. In the Middle East, turquoise was used to create religious relics as lines from the Koran would be carved upon it and guilded.
When you are looking for a stone of protection, turquoise is an excellent choice. It can help to enhance positivity and repel negative forces. Turquoise is also soothing to the heart and mind, instilling calmness and clarity to a restless or grief-stricken soul. Legends also say that a turquoise stone can foretell illness; if the bright color fades, it is said that the health is leaving the body of the gemstone's bearer. When the stone returns to its normal shade, the person's health should return to normal.