Jul 9, 2009

Turquoise ...what a beautiful color!


Have you ever wondered where this color came from?
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.


Turquoise is the color of the gem turquoise. It is a slightly greenish shade of cyan. Turquoise is sometimes described as a mixture of pale blue and green. The name comes from the French for Turkish.
People who practise holistic medicine say that turquoise has a calming effect on patients. They use this color to treat patients prone to panic attacks or mania. To a lesser degree, mainstream psychiatric hospitals also use turquoise and other light shades of blue and green to calm patients by painting the walls in these colors.
"The Turquoise" is slang for the waters of the Caribbean. In the sunlight these waters look turquoise because they are shallow.
The color and gem stone represent December.
The gemstone turquoise represents the sign Sagittarius.
The turquoise is ancient, yet again and again it finds itself back in fashion. Its shining sky blue is one of the most popular trend colours in the world of jewellery and fashion.




In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this gemstone has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. It really does have the right to be called a 'gemstone of the peoples'. The oldest evidence for this claim was found in Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 B.C.. In the ancient Persian kingdom, the sky-blue gemstones were earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. If they changed colour, the wearer was thought to have reason to fear the approach of doom. Meanwhile, it has been discovered that the turquoise certainly can change colour, but that this is not necessarily a sign of impending danger. The change can be caused by the light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.
Turquoise represents love, healing, generosity, emotion, feeling , the unconscious , intuition, individual responsibility, creativity, communication, self reliance, and independence.

Turquoise has played an important role in southwestern jewelry and culture. Turquoise has been traded and mined in the southwest since pre-historic times. A Pueblo Indian legend tells that turquoise stole its blue color from the sky – thus it is known as the “sky stone”.
Turquoise with its blue hue, is among the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise was obtained from the Sinai Peninsula before the 4th millennium BC in one of the world's first important hard-rock mining operations. Turquoise started being used before 4000 BC.

Turquoise was an important ornamental mineral for jewelry and other object by the ancient Egyptians. It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early native Americans. Turquoise has been attributed with healing powers as well as promoting the wearer's status and wealth. A very special stone indeed, Turquoise is a sacred stone to many American Indian tribes and has been used in various jewelry items.
Turquoise with its blue hue, is among the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise was obtained from the Sinai Peninsula before the 4th millennium BC in one of the world's first important hard-rock mining operations. Turquoise started being used before 4000 BC.
Turquoise was an important ornamental mineral for jewelry and other object by the ancient Egyptians. It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early native Americans. Turquoise has been attributed with healing powers as well as promoting the wearer's status and wealth. A very special stone indeed, Turquoise is a sacred stone to many American Indian tribes and has been used in various jewelry items.


Lake Havasu
The water of Havasu creek is turquoise due to high concentrations of dissolved lime picked up as it runs through sedimentary rock.
Turquoise is often referred to as a calming color because the meaning of aquamarine refers to the water of the sea.

 
Here is how to mix a beautiful Turquoise:
 Place a small amount of blue paint on one side of the palette and green paint on the other side.
 Turquoise has more blue than green in it, so add one dollop of green paint for every two-dollops of blue.
To make a lighter Turquoise add white.

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