FINEST TURQUOISE PERSIAN
The Finest Turquoise Persian available. You will not find any better than this untreated, unstabilized and uncoloured. This quality is rare to find anywhere at any price.
An outstanding gemstone of the best Turquoise Nugget ready for collection or gemstone cutting. This gemstone is often enhanced with company of red Coral or Lapis Lazuli, an outstanding colour contrast of beauty.
3.6cm x 2.7cm x 1.9cm, 21g.
Turquoise is a valuable mineral and is possibly the most valuable, non-transparent mineral in the jewelry trade. It has been mined for eons 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 color 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.