AUSTRALIAN TURQUOISE PARCEL
An amazing Australian Turquoise Parcel for you. This is a collection of five natural, rough uncut stones. A rare find of this Aussie gem for the lapidarist or crystal collector. This stone is not often available to buy so don’t delay!
Amaroo Station, Northern Territory, Australia.
Five stones, parcel weight 181g.
Turquoise is a valuable mineral and is possibly the most valuable, non-transparent mineral in the jewelry trade. Turquoise has been mined since at least 6000 BC, by early Egyptians. Its history also includes beautiful ornamental creations by Native Americans and Persians. Its popularity is still strong today, although crystals of any size are rare, some small crystals have been found in Virginia and elsewhere. Most specimens are cryptocrystalline, meaning that the crystals could only be seen by a microscope. The finest turquoise comes from Iran but is challenged by some southwestern United States specimens. Turquoise is often imitated by “fakes”, such as the mineral chrysocolla, and poorer turquoise specimens are often dyed or colour stabilized with coatings of various resins. The name comes from a French word which means stone of Turkey, from where Persian material passed on its way to Europe.