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Turquoise Properties

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Turquoise Properties

turquoise properties

 We have just created a great new page on Turquoise Properties. This page gives you a lot of great information regarding the physical properties of Turquoise and a lot of good interesting information for your education on Turquoise.

Turquoise is one of the very first gemstones found by mankind over 7,500 years ago. It was found in Egypt and was immediately coveted by the Gods and Godesses of ancient times. Pharoahs, Roman Gladiators and Spiritual leaders also worshipped Turquoise and it has been an important gemstone for thousands of years since. Our webpage presentation on Turquoise Properties has more info and links you will appreciate.

Turquoise Properties

Our new informational page on Turquoise Properties gives you all of the physical turquoise properties that you may be interested in, plus, it goes in depth about the color variations and properties, treatments of Turquoise and the basic care of this wonderful gemstone.

Durango Silver Company has created a giant portfolio of informational pages that go way beyond the Turquoise Properties, many of them can be in our Turquoise Learning Center as well as in our Sitemap on pages 5 and 6. A couple other pages you may like to read are American Turquoise, Bisbee Turquoise, Arizona Turquoise and Nevada Turquoise Mines.

Turquoise Properties by Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company is a leader in the Turquoise Industry, we have been engulfed in every aspect of Turquoise for over 40 years. We have Mined Turquoise, Collected Turquoise, we are professional Turquoise cutters, we manufacture and produce Turquoise Jewelry and we continously study this fastenating gemstone.

Durango Silver Company also has one of the largest Bisbee Turquoise collections on earth. Bisbee Turquoise is known as the best Turquoise that ever came out of the ground in the United States. We have Bisbee Turquoise in all types of Jewelry as well as fine quality hand cut gemstones if you wish to make your own Jewelry. Also, see another WordPress on Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons at TurquoiseNews.com

If you like Turquoise, you have come to the right place to find the best quality Turquoise Jewelry with authentic natural American Turquoise stones of unquestionable quality. We hope you check out our site to find out more about Turquoise, Turquoise Jewelry and Turquoise Properties.

 

Turquoise

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Turquoise

Turquoise

Turquoise is one of the first gemstones known to mankind, it was founded around 5,500 B.C. on the Sinei Pennsylia of Egypt. People believed 7,500 years ago that it was put on this earth from the great powers above. Turquoise was so important as a spiritual stone that it is one of the most common gemstones found in ancient Tombs and in the belongings of Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, Gladiators and Spiritual Healers.

Please view these pages for more information on  Turquoise, Ancient Turquoise History and Anasazi Turquoise, Egyptian Turquoise.

Turquoise Properties

The Chemical  properties of Turquoise are: hydrated phosphate of aluminum and copper (copper aluminum phosphate) or CuAl6((OH)2/PO4)4 CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 + 4H2O. In the language of chemists and geologists, turquoise is known as. Turquoise stones can contain impurities that form veins of sandstone, limonite, psilomelane or jasper. At temperatures of 500 degrees, blue Turquoise stones will become greener.

Please refer to  Mindat Organization for more legal information on Turquoise properties. Also, see our Physical Properties of Turquoise page for an in depth study of  related Turquoise properties facts.

American Turquoise

The Hartman’s of Durango, Colorado have been involved in the Turquoise business for well over 40 years and have become among the few actual authorities on the subject. It goes way beyond money for the Hartman’s as it has engulfed their lives and their world has been surrounded by this wonderful gemstone. John and Estell Hartman were enthusiasts growing up as kids and John gave Estell her first piece of Turquoise when she was only 13 years old – so it runs very deep in our origins.

Our lives together were surrounded by this fabulous gemstone and we believe that it has had much more of an impact on our lives other than money. We are not the religious type of people, yet we have been blessed with good health, happiness and fortune all of our lives. Looking at our past and the prophesies of past healers of the world – it stands to reason that Turquoise may have inadvertently had metaphysical and spiritual powers that have been bestowed upon us as well as our family.

We hope you will think of Durango Silver Company for all of your Turquoise information and needs.

 

Turquoise

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Turquoise, Gemstone of the Centuries

TurquoiseTurquoise has been one of the most desirable and popular gemstones since the times of the Egyptian pharaohs and Anasazi Indians. Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium, with the chemical formula CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise, like most other opaque gems, has been devalued by the introduction of treatments, imitations, and synthetics onto the market.

The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for “Turkish”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Persia. Pliny referred to the mineral as callais, the Iranians named it “firouzeh” and the Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl.

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Natural Bisbee Turquoise Nugget

The pastel shades of turquoise have endeared it to many great cultures of antiquity: it has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs (and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans), Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and to some extent in ancient China since at least the Shang Dynasty.[9] Despite being one of the oldest gems, probably first introduced to Europe (through Turkey) with other Silk Road novelties, turquoise did not become important as an ornamental stone in the West until the 14th century, following a decline in the Roman Catholic Church’s influence which allowed the use of turquoise in secular jewellery. It was apparently unknown in India until the Mughal period, and unknown in Japan until the 18th century. A common belief shared by many of these civilizations held that turquoise possessed certain prophylactic qualities; it was thought to change colour with the wearer’s health and protect him or her from untoward forces.

The Aztecs inlaid turquoise, together with gold, quartz, malachite, jet, jade, coral, and shells, into provocative (and presumably ceremonial) mosaic objects such as masks (some with a human skull as their base), knives, and shields. Natural resins, bitumen and wax were used to bond the turquoise to the objects’ base material; this was usually wood, but bone and shell were also used. Like the Aztecs, the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache tribes cherished turquoise for its amuletic use; the latter tribe believe the stone to afford the archer dead aim. Among these peoples turquoise was used in mosaic inlay, in sculptural works, and was fashioned into toroidal beads and freeform pendants. The Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) of the Chaco Canyon and surrounding region are believed to have prospered greatly from their production and trading of turquoise objects. The distinctive silver jewelry produced by the Navajo and other Southwestern Native American tribes today is a rather modern development, thought to date from circa 1880 as a result of European influences.

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Lander Blue Turquoise

In Persia, turquoise was the de facto national stone for millennia, extensively used to decorate objects (from turbans to bridles), mosques, and other important buildings both inside and out, such as the Medresseh-I Shah Husein Mosque of Isfahan. The Persian style and use of turquoise was later brought to India following the establishment of the Mughal Empire there, its influence seen in high purity gold jewellery (together with ruby and diamond) and in such buildings as the Taj Mahal.

Turquoise Lore and Spiritual Beliefs

Modern Spiritualists consider Turquoise to be a stone of spiritual attunement, cleansing, protection and prosperity and a symbol of the Earth and sky, good fortune and success. The Turquoise Spiritual powers aid in some of the most common needs us humans have.

Most ancient cultures believed some form of the following about Turquoise:

Protection – Spiritualists say its change of color from dark to light to its ability to detect poisons, danger, infidelity or sickness. This myth has survived to modern times. It is an excellent token of protection for physical and astral travel and vision quests, during which it acts as a grounding force, strengthening the user against fear of the unknown by enhancing one’s feelings of trust, kindness, wisdom and understanding. It can ward off strong negativity and protect from the evil eye, reptile bites and diseases of the eye. Further, Shamans extend its protective powers to one’s property.

Superstitions – Some believe you should avoid wearing turquoise that belongs to a deceased person or that it takes on characteristics of the wearer.

Gender of the Stone – Turquoise is androgynous with a good balance of yin and yang.

Attunement – New Age followers believe Turquoise attunes the physical to the higher realms, balances the mind and soul and connects with all life. Some cultures consider it a bridge between heaven and Earth.

Good Luck – Having seen the reflection of the new moon in a stone of Turquoise, a person was believed to encounter good luck soon, according to Persian lore. Arabian superstition said it was a lucky stone and that it had good powers of benevolence. They also attributed the accumulation of wealth and prosperity with the stone.

For more information visit IndianVillage.com’s page on Turquoise Spiritual Beliefs

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