Global Turquoise Deposits
Global Turquoise Deposits
Turquoise and Turquoise
Jewelry has been highly
This Turquoise facts section of the site will help you find the locations of mines and sources of Turquoise. Most Turquoise deposits are in arid to semi-arid regions in igneous rock formations that contain high copper concentrations. Deposits of Turquoise can be found in America, Afghanistan, Africa, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Europe, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, Siberia, Tanzania, and Turkey.
Middle East - Persian Turquoise Facts
The major sources are in the Sinai Peninsula and Iran. Iran-The finest of the worlds Turquoise specimens come from the deposits in Northeastern Iran. The stones from here have the much sought after Robins Egg Blue with few or now streaks and are among the most valuable opaque gemstones. To no surprise Turquoise is the national gem of Iran. Sinai Peninsula-The Egyptians began mining Turquoise and making turquoise jewelry here as early as 5500 BC.
This section is intended
to uncover references in history to gems, gemstones, minerals, crystals,
precious metals and semi-precious stones and to investigate the role
they played in the development of the cultures in which they were
utilized. We believe examples of royal jewelry and ancient jewelry
from anthropology, sociology and archaeology from the ancient societies
of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and especially the work of Pre-Columbian
American cultures of the North American Indians, Aztecs, Mayans, and
Incans to be of craftsmanship that has not been equaled since. Where
possible in our history of jewelry, weve tried to include methods
of manufacture, materials and technology. From the bible, commerce,
celestial beliefs to modern crystal collecting.
The Bible-The book of Exodus
contains an important reference to Turquoise. The Breastplate of the
Hebrew High Priest Aaron contained twelve stones set in four rows.
Turquoise was the first stone on the second row.
Asia - Chinese and Tibetan Turquoise
By the middle of the first millennium, AD, China had begun using Turquoise and although they had mines in their empire, they imported most of their stones from Persians, the Turks, the Tibetans and Mongols. Chinese turquoise and Tibetan Turquoise is now one of most common varieties of turquoise on the market today. Much of the turquoise jewelry that you will see today in markets and galleries features Tibetan turquoise or Chinese turquoise. Japans use of Turquoise began in the 18th Century AD and has prospered greatly. Today the Japanese are some of the great collectors of turquoise and have been known to pay whatever it costs for the best, as the collectors only want the best turquoise, usually high grade Natural American Turquoise and Native American Turquoise Jewelry.
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