Turquoise ( फ़िरोज़ा )
According to Vedic astrology, Turquoise stone is associated with the Jupiter planet and worn for financial success, wisdom and good health. Turquoise is mild, healing stone, so, it can be worn by anyone without any fear of negative effects.
- Indian astrology prescribes Firoza ratna for Dhanu (Sagittarius) rashi.
- Western astrology recommends Turquoise birthstone for Sagittarius sign.
- Ascendants of Aries, Cancer, Leo and Scorpio can also wear a Turquoise gem.
Since ancient times, Turquoise gemstone is used for its metaphysical and healing properties. It is regarded as a sacred stone that brings positivity, happiness, Good luck, wealth and good health to the person.
Success in Academics & Creative Career - Since Jupiter rules knowledge, Turquoise gemstone (Feroza stone) is trusted for bringing huge benefits for people associated with education or learning field, such as scholars, researchers, lawyers, teachers etc. According to the belief, Turquoise benefits the wearer by improving their decision-making skills and thinking ability.
Better Financial Status & Social Upliftment - In Vedic astrology, Turquoise gemstone relates to wealth and prosperity. Astrologers place trust in Turquoise metaphysical abilities for bringing financial stability in the native’s life. It is believed that wearing Turquoise stone positively affects the wearer’s social status and lifestyle.
The quality of a real Turquoise stone is assessed with the help of several factors such as its place of origin, color, clarity, and shape to determine the best quality Turquoise gemstone.
Origin - Major sources of Turquoise are Iran (Persia), Tibet, Mexico & Arizona. Persian Turquoise from Nishapur district of Iran is most sought after due to its bright blue hue, high clarity & matt to waxy luster. Turquoise from Arizona mines is next popular after Iran. Tibetan & Chinese Turquoise usually have spider web pattern on the surface & used primarily in fashion jewelry.
Color - Color tone & saturation are main parameters in deciding the overall quality of turquoise. The color range is Sky blue to deep blue and bluish green etc. The vivid blue colored turquoise from Arizona mines and the evenly saturated medium blue turquoise from Iran are most desirable in trade. Few less desirable colors like Green, Purple & faint blue are also available in market.
Clarity & Surface Texture - Turquoise being an opaque stone, the clarity is judged by its surface texture & finish. Natural turquoise can have significantly visible matrix and spots. Clean, spotless Turquoise is very precious and most suitable for astrological purpose. Tibetan Turquoise often contains dark veins of the matrix that create intriguing surface patterns like Spider web. Turquoise owes its texture to its structure and composition. Turquoise is Cryptocrystalline, the aggregate of microscopic crystals that form a solid mass. If the crystals are packed closely together, the material is less porous, so it has a finer texture. Fine-textured turquoise has an attractive, waxy luster when it’s polished. Turquoise with a less-dense crystal structure has higher porosity and coarser texture, resulting in a dull luster when it’s polished. In turquoise, low porosity and fine texture are more valuable than high porosity and coarse texture.
Shape - Turquoise is often cut as Cabochon in various shapes. The surface is polished but often kept plain or unfaceted. The most common is Oval cabochon, and other fancy shapes like marquise, drop, round etc are customized to be used in jewellery.
Turquoise price starts from Rs 400 per carat ($5 approx.) and can go as high as Rs 3000 ($40 approx.) per carat depending upon its origin and quality.
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