Turquoise is a hydrated mineral that contains both copper and aluminum. It is the inclusion of these metals that causes the blue/green color. Turquoise has had many names over the years including the Greek word "callais" and the Aztec word "chalchihuitl." However, its current name comes from the french word "turquoise", meaning Turkish. This is because it was first brought to the French through Turkish merchants. It is likely this mineral forms from deposits of hydrothermal copper sulfides. Precipitation has to flow through the Earth's surface, oxidizing the copper sulfides. This newly created solution reacts with the aluminum and potassium in the shot rock to help form turquoise.
Turquoise is an excellent stone to work with during times of depression or increased anxiety. It helps promote self-realization.
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