Sky blue coloured turquoise cut from material mined in Tibet. This striking stone is highly polished on the top and around the sides but the base which is flat, has just been lightly polished. Exceptionally tactile, it could be used in alternative therapies such as crystal healing or could also be transformed into a striking piece of jewellery.
Having been mined for thousands of years turquoise is one of the oldest and best known of all gemstone varieties. Despite its popularity as a lapidary material it grades just 5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness which means it's actually quite soft. It's also delicate so it's not uncommon for stones to fade or change colour if not well looked after. Turquoise should be protected from moisture, oils from the skin and pollutants in the atmosphere which includes perfumes, hair sprays and air fresheners because all have the potential to cause irreparable damage.