Turquoise
A number of ancient beliefs surround this stone. J. B. Van
Helmont stated ‘‘Whoever wears a Turquoise, so that it, or its
gold-setting touches the skin, may fall from any height; and the
stone attracts to itself the whole force of the blow, so that it
cracks, and the person is safe.’’
Medieval writers stated that turquoise became paler if its
owner was ill, lost color entirely at his or her death, but recovTurner,
Ann Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
1594
ered color when placed upon the finger of a new and healthy
owner. It was believed to be a good amulet for preventing accidents
to horsemen or becoming tired. Another belief was that
turquoise moved itself when any danger threatened its possessor.
Turquoise originally came from Persia, where it would
sometimes be engraved with a motto or a verse from the Koran.
The stone was also prized by Native American healers.