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Turquoise

Oval Turquoises from two continents - Tibeth of Asia and Arizona in USA. Iran and Afghanistan have the most precious and costly Turquoise, but almost impossible to buy these days. They often have a light or intence turquoise colour without darker patterns. Personally, I think turquoises with darker cracked pattern are more interesting but I have to admit that the Firuze from Iran is absolutely gorgeous. But the prizes for Turquoises from Asia and USA is acceptable, and they are decorative. The stones in the picture to the left are from Tibet, below from Arizona.

 

Size: Tibet 12x16x4

 

In stock:  5-6 (3-4 Tibet,2-3 US)

 

Prize s piece:    60,00 - 85,00 SEK

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Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise, like most other opaque gems, has been devalued by the introduction of treatments, imitations, and synthetics onto the market.

The substance has been known by many names, but 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, from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Persia. Turquoise was used by the Egyptians and was mined by them in the Sinai Peninsula, called "Country of Turquoise" by the native Monitu.

Even the finest of turquoise is fracturable, reaching a maximum hardness of just under 6, or slightly more than window glass. The Southwest United States is a significant source of turquoise; Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada are (or were) especially rich. The deposits of California and New Mexico were mined by pre-Columbian Native Americans using stone tools, some local and some from as far away as central Mexico. Cerrillos, New Mexico is thought to be the location of the oldest mines; prior to the 1920s, the state was the country's largest producer; it is more or less exhausted today. Only one mine in California, located at Apache Canyon, operates at a commercial capacity today. China has been a minor source of turquoise for 3,000 years or more. Gem-quality material, in the form of compact nodules, is found in the fractured, silicified limestone of Yunxian and Zhushan,

In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this gemstone has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman.

The Turquoise gives you hapiness, love, health and protection.


 


 

 

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Latest update: 20 oktober 2015