Turquoise is usually found as masses or knobbly nodules, and ranges in colour from light to dark sky blue, as well as blue-green. Some pieces are flat, but all will often have black or white traces on their surface, some also having small pieces of pyrites within or on them. Different continents and mines produce quite different forms. NB: some shops sell turquenite or blue howlite by mistake – these are dyed materials and are not the same thing. Turquoise is not cheap – if what you are offered is, then it is probably not the genuine article!
Turquoise is very gentle and calming. It is also cooling, healing, nurturing and supporting. It is an excellent stone for all issues surrounding the throat chakra and communication. It feels like holding a spring or summer sky in your hand. In fact in Native American traditions it was linked to Father Sky, and serves to remind us that the sky is the source of our warmth, energy and light, which keeps us whole and nurtures the crops which grow on the Earth. Many people with Native American connections, either past lives, or guides, may feel attracted to this stone. You also may feel the deep energetic connection to our Earth Mother, and to all the forces and beings of nature. Turquoise holds an old wisdom and now more than ever we have a need to reconnect ourselves to our roots in the Earth and to understand what is happening to her in order that we may harmonise ourselves with her. What changes occur to her affect us, and vice versa. She is moving, changing and raising her vibrations and so we too need to adapt and move with these changes rather than fight against them. Turquoise will help to bring us acceptance of this and to link us more closely in harmony with the Earth and her purpose. Turquoise may also help us to make a stand on environmental and planetary issues. In itself turquoise is not a high vibrational stone, but it does help us link into and more widely ground new and higher energies. This grounding is not just into the Earth, but connects us firmly to all nature that surrounds us. By making us aware “out” as well as “down” this makes us more aware of our vastness and our place as a part of the Whole.