Birthstone: December

by Birgit E. Sch├╝renberg

If you plan a December holiday, it’s useful to note that the turquoise is the traveller’s stone of protection, shielding its wearer from harmful influences. pictureAs a healing stone, turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones and an excellent conductor (as it’s high in copper). Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) used this stone when practicing her natural therapies.

It’s considered a very sacred stone by the Native Americans, who have used it for centuries in their healing work. It’s also the stone of peace, serenity and tranquility.

Turquoise has been worn by many powerful people over the centuries. Egypts’s queen Zara wore it as far back as 5,000BC, and so did their King Tutankhamen. The Aztecs and their high priests wore turquoise to invoke the God Spirit. The Tibetans and the Chinese wore it. Even the Indians of the sub-continent adopted it. 

It was introduced into Europe through the Turkish Trade route, although some say it was introduced into Europe during the crusades. The colour varies from blue to green.

As a stone for communication it opens the throat chakra and is recommended for people who have a fear of public speaking. It’s said that it has the ability to make a speaker more articulate, loving, creative and honest.

Turquoise also helps with depression, and improves self confidence and assertiveness. It can strengthen and align the chakras and meridians. It also opens the heart for giving and receiving love. It overlaps the heart and throat energy centres and connects the three upper chakras with the three lower ones.

For spiritualists, its blue colour has come to symbolise the spirit or sky source. On the brow chakra, it strengthens the connection to spirit, so people seeking spiritual growth are advised to wear this stone.

The stone helps with acidity of the body and stomach pain. It has detoxifying properties, and reduces pain, and spasms. It also brings wisdom.

Turquoise is mined in regions of Iran, China, southwestern United States, Africa, Australia, Tibet, China, Siberia and Europe. Stones of high quality come from the ‘Sleeping Beauty Mines’ of Globe, in Arizona and also from Iran.

This gem is getting rarer every day. Only three percent of the turquoise sold in the international market is natural and it’s very expensive.

The inexpensive variety which is popular today is stabilised turquoise. It’s a soft and chalky stone usually covered with a coating of resin or plastic. This is done to protect it from damage and help keep its colour.

Then there is reconstituted turquoise, which is made up of low grade chips or powdered turquoise which are compressed and shaped. picture

As well as being the birthstone for people born in December, turquoise is considered lucky for people born on 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th.

These pieces of jewellery have been designed and created by the author of this article, Birgit E. Schuerenberg, who is a natural therapist , NLP master practitioner, reiki master, crystal healer and jewellery designer.

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