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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monday Musings - Tantalizing Turquoise

This beautiful colour derives its name from the opaque, blueish green gemstone that has been prized as an ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.

The word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for "Turkish", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey.

In holistic medicine, the color turquoise purportedly has a calming effect on patients, and is particularly used to treat patients prone to panic attacks.

 Psychiatric hospitals apparently often use turquoise and other light tones of blue and green to calm patients by painting the walls in these colors....

... and nurses often wear turquoise colored clothing because of its calming nature.

Proponents of energy healing believe that turquoise dispels negative energy and can be worn to protect against outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere.

 They believe turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm. (Me - mood swings - never!) (Although a little turquoise box like the one below could swing my mood!)

It is also supposed to be excellent for depression and exhaustion, and has the power to prevent anxiety.

In addition, turquoise is meant to promote self-realisation and assist creative problem solving. (Yes, please - I'll have some of that.)

Finally, it is supposed to be a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love.

Regardless of  whether we believe any of this or not, we could probably all do with a bit of turquoise in our lives.

And if you are born in December, you are lucky enough to have turquoise as your birthstone.

"If cold December gave you birth, 
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue; 
Success will bless whate'er you do"

Gregorian Birthstone Poem

Till next time

Sharon x

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  1. Oooh, I loved this post with all the beautiful turquoise! I find myself adding more and more turquoise to my home. It is such a pretty color!

  2. I feel very relaxed after perusing this post!
    You made me laugh out loud with your "Eight Is Enough" comment! I watched it religiously!



  3. I really do love turquoise, but it did not suit the colour of my climate. I still have blues though and agree that they are calming. You selected such a beautiful group of images I feel like I just viewed a lovely coffee table book. Thank you for your comments back at my blog;), I will check on the locations of Roots in US, if I remember correctly, you are going to Disney with your gang?...New York too? All kidding aside, the items are high quality, and you and your kids will have them for many years! Take care, xob.

  4. Thanks for sharing all that info on fabulous turquoise. So versatile and fresh. I love wearing it, too.

  5. These are all so pleasant to look at. Can never go wrong with a touch of turquoise, eh? :)


  6. Another FAB post. Just so you know, Sharon, the first photo should be credited to my blog...

    I finally put a watermark on it. So much to love here!

  7. Wow Sharon, this is spectacular. Even if someone wasn't a fan of the color,they would be after seeing this post. Love it....have a lot of it for jewelry and clothing but none in my home. Gorgeous examples!

  8. I love turquoise, definitely one of my favourite colours!! It's so cheerful and fresh that I'd like a bit of it in every room of the house!!
    xx Vicky

  9. Beautiful images! Perfect way to start the week.


  10. Absolutely gorgeous .. those little birds, and I just love the pieces with a little patina.. and of course the little blue box ;)


  11. So many beautiful examples - what a great collection of photos!
    All best,

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Have a wonderful week Sharon!

  13. Your blog is awesome! Very elegant, practical and creative ideas are here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    First time here and following you.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  14. Gosh I think I need more turquoise in my life!! Beautiful pics!! xo Leslie

  15. Wholly cow Sharon what a beautiful post! I would have never believed I would want some turquoise in my home but I do now, it's stunning! You found some gorgeous images!


  16. oh that was dreamy! oh and fascinating too on the lore of turquoise. need to add some to my home for more creativity!
    just added you to my blog roll, want to keep in touch, love your work

  17. First of all I love love your blog!! 2nd I am now inspired by the gorgeous tones of blue!!! I think I need a turquoise fix!!! and third... Will you come decorate my home?

  18. A wonderful post!! Loved all of the pictures. Turquoise has definitely become a new favorite color of mine because of your wonderful photos!!

  19. The settee in the bedroom in the third photo is gorgeous!

  20. Sharon, you did it again! Beautiful.....just beautiful!

  21. Love turqoise! I'll have that amazing bed please! (9th from bottom to top) Beautiful, beautiful images!

  22. Oh my goodness, Sharon...this is your most awesome post ever!!!!! Every image is simply breathtaking...Great job...I'm inspired. XO, Mona

  23. WOW! I am loving the turquoises. I am moving, and turquoise and white are my new favorite colors. Thanks for sharing your inspiring post.

  24. Thank you for such a gorgeous blog. Every single post is exquisite and so interesting to read. Love it!

  25. Another thank you, turquoise has always been my favourite colour but oddly I have never used it in my home and apart from a necklace and one dress I can no longer even squeeze into I don't think I have anything in turquoise. These wonderful images have inspired me and made me determined to change that soon.

  26. Hello, I was looking around the web for ideas for redoing my spaces in my home and found you what a lucky girl I am, an absolute treat.Beautiful blog,I'm new you're newest follower and new to blogging,thanks for being out there.