Anselmus De Boot a court physician and an seventeenth century emperor, found himself, one night, traveling a very narrow and dangerous road. His horse stumbled. De Boot was thrown to the ground and, while neither he nor his horse were injured, he found that a piece of turquoise from his ring had broken off.
Another time, while lifting a heavy pole, he felt a sudden stabbing pain in his side and heard his ribs crack. His injury was only a sprain but this time, his turquoise had broken into two pieces. He began to believe the legends which said turquoise would not only protect it's owners horse from tiring, from the ill effects of drinking cold water when overheated and make him more sure-footed, but it will also protect the wearer from falls and injury.
Today, De Boot would be astonished to see turquoise owners taking their stones for granted or oblivious to the magical properties they possess. Do they know, for instance, that turquoise also protects its owners from falls over cliffs or crumbling walls? The logic is simple, according to one physician who practiced centuries ago. "Whomever wears a turquoise so that it , or its gold setting". he said, "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."
Remember now, these are magical powers supposedly possessed by turquoise. remember this especially before jumping from a high cliff clutching your turquoise.
Russians once believed that turquoise would protect them from fatal wounds, Arabian and Persian turquoise owners believed it could dispel fear and protect the wearer from drownings, lightning and snake and scorpion bites. The people of India believed the stone averted evil, brought about the favor of princes and banished unpleasant dreams. The kings of Damascus, meanwhile, were convinced that turquoise stones worn on the neck and hands would keep them from being killed. "Have you ever seen turquoise on the hands of a dead man?" they asked, ignoring skeptics who suggested it had probably been stolen.
With all the wonderful medicinal properties attributed to the turquoise, it is a wonder its owner ever manages to die and leave it to someone else. Turquoise has been recommended as a cure for melancholy, hernias, vague swellings, dyspepsia, cancerous sores and insanity. It can, some say, remove poison and heat from the liver. Having trouble with ulcers? Turquoise can help there and also relieve and prevent headaches. The priest in the Exorcist missed his chance when he ignored the properties of turquoise. He must not have known that it will drive away pains "caused by demonical or evil influences".
Turquoise is effective when treating all diseases of the head and heart, according to legend, and combined with other ingredients, will relieve pain caused by assault and epilepsy. When cut into shavings and moistened, this helps feebleness and nausea.
When it comes to eye problems, however, turquoise really excels. Broken membranes in your eye? Turquoise can "glue" them back together. It is said to have the power to repress growths such as warts and pustules. It "brightens and refreshes the vision when looked at fixedly," and can be used as an eye salve. In Afganistan it is said that when a turquoise ring is dipped in wart and applied to the eye, it will cure cataracts. If you happen to be driving at night in Arabia or Persia, turquoise can cure night blindness as well as increase the luster of the eyes and prevent fluid from failing them.
Turquoise is very perspective. An old proverb stated, "The sympathizing Turquoise true doth tell by looking pale, the wearer is not well." Turquoise owners today might do well to heed this old proverb and save a few doctor bills! If their turquoise becomes moist and changes color there is a chance it is in the presence of disease or poison. If the stone does grow pale on the finger of a sickly person, by transferring it to a healthy relative or friend he at least saves the ring as the beautiful blue color will be restored.