The breathtaking blues, bluish greens, greens, and yellowish greens of this opaque gemstone have been treasured by civilizations all over the world for centuries. Even pre-contact, the people of Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Persia shared turquoise as a common material for jewellery and artwork alike. Forming best in arid climates, turquoise gets its name from and old French words turques or turquois (Turkish) because the gemstone first travelled from the Al-Mirsah-Kuh Mountains of Iran into Europe via Turkey.
Sky blue or robin’s egg blue are the most popular shades of turquoise, and while many cutters try to obtain samples that are completely opaque and flawless, some jewellery buyers actually prefer to see what is known as “the matrix” of other rock (such as pyrite or black oxide) rippled or webbed throughout the stone.
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