African Turquoise

mineralogy, history, and metaphysics

Welcome to the African Turquoise page. Here, you will learn everything you need to know, including mineralogy, history, metaphysics, and more!







(Evolution, Wisdom, Optimism, Creativity)


The trade-name “African Turquoise” is a bit of a misnomer in the sense that this stone isn’t actually a form of turquoise; rather, it is a variety of jasper, which is a form of chalcedony. Mined exclusively in central parts of Africa, the stone’s beautiful blue tones come from its mineral content; which includes crystal quartz, that gives it an opaque appearance; as well as inclusions of copper, which provide the green-blue color. Jaspers are a form of consolidation stone, which means that varying degrees of silica dioxide, or SiO2, come together to form a nodule or rock. A rock, such as a jasper or agate, often have distinct colors and banding due to the nature in which the minerals and their trace elements layer, separate, and bond over lengthy periods of time. What is the best way to describe the difference between a rock and a mineral? A rock is the cookie, whereas the minerals are ingredients.


Metaphysically, African Turquoise is said to bring about great change and personal evolution. It is a stone of luck and purpose, bringing the wearer a clearer passage to their ultimate destiny, often through introspective manifestation. In central Africa, it has long been a spiritually significant stone and has been used as a ceremonial talisman of good fortune and universal connectivity. A stone of the heart and throat chakra, it is said to facilitate development of growth, wisdom, and optimism. Physically, it is said to aid the body’s immune system and offer relief from gland dysfunction and dis-ease.