From Afghanistan to the Zuni Pueblo, people the world over have revered turquoise as a good luck stone for centuries. Blue as the summer sky or a robin’s egg, this soft stone has inspired many mystical associations. The Ancient Persians had a saying: to escape evil and attain good fortune, one must see the reflection of the New Moon either on the face of a friend, a copy of the Koran, or a turquoise.

Turquoise as a Stone of Protection

A great deal of turquoise symbolism and lore involves predicting danger. Some believe turquoise stones can warn their owners by breaking, like malachites supposedly do. Color changes presumably warn of impending illness. In one tale, a man believed he had broken a bone. Later, he discovered his turquoise had made the cracking sound he heard. It took the injury in his place. Also like malachite, turquoise can supposedly protect from falls, most especially from horseback. Affixing this gem to a horse’s bridle can protect the animal, as well. Turquoise’s use as a “horse amulet” appears to be an ancient magical practice.

Aztec Turquoise Symbolism

According to Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a Spanish conquistador and historian, the Aztecs of Mexico…