Turquoise, the blue cousin to lapis lazuli, has been known and valued for thousands of years. The early mines in Sinai, Egypt, were already worked out in 2000 B.C. Today the best quality Turquoise is found in Iran. Turquoise was first sent to Europe through Turkey, hence its name, which means "Turkish" in French.
The brilliant sky-blue color has made Turquoise a classic gemstone, especially when set in silver. Cut en cabochon Turquoise stones are used for all kinds of jewelry: brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Due to its relative softness, 5-6 (Mohs scale) it can be carved into ornamental objects but requires some care. Light, perspiration, oil, cosmetics and household chemicals can all affect the color of Turquoise.
Turquoise has long been appreciated as a holy stone, a good-luck-charm or a talisman. It is believed to promote good fortune, happiness, and long life.
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