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An Introduction

The amulet of kings, warriors, and shaman; Turquoise still carries the same charisma as centuries before.

Turquoise derived its name from French words ‘Pierre Turquoise’, which means ‘Turkish Stone.” This was because, the trade route through which the stone came to Europe from Asia was through Venice and Turkey.

For ages, Turquoise has been a part of various cultures and symbolized as the stone of nobility, wisdom, immortality, luck, protection, and power. Being the stone of strength, it is believed to be good for depression, panic attacks, or exhaustion. Turquoise is also said to boost the physical as well as mental immune system.

Key Facts

Turquoise bead goes back to 5000 B.C and was first discovered in Iraq, after which the Egyptians began mining this stone in 3200 B.C. in Sinai.

Mineral Family- Phosphate

Composition- CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 • 4H2O

Refractive Index- nα = 1.610; nβ = 1.615; nγ = 1.650

Hardness 5-6

Color- Turquoise, blue, green and blue-green

Deposits- Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan,China, Argentina, Chile, and United States

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