Egyptian Turquoise

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Turquoise From Egypt (Sinai)

This is where it all began!  Although no longer a significant source of  turquoise, Sinai deserve special recognition for its historical significance.  It is believed that turquoise was mined here before Persia, perhaps around 6000 B.C.  Archeological excavations of ancient tombs have uncovered turquoise jewelry buried with its owner thousands of years before the birth of Christ. 

In ancient times, Sinai was so associated with turquoise that it was even referred to as the Country of Turquoise.  The mines were concentrated in the southwest section of the peninsula.  Although the mines have long been depleted of their treasures, making commercial mining unprofitable, the native Bedouins.  The turquoise that comes from this region tends to be more green than blue, making it less prized than Persian turquoise, and is often referred to as Egyptian Turquoise.


 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States
Other Locations

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMITATIONS

African Turquoise

Block Turquoise

Faience Ceramic
Howlite Turquoise

Natural Imposters

Polymer Clay
Utah Turquoise
Vienna Turquoise

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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