Three beautiful turquoise stones from Madagascar with amazing colour. A relatively soft and delicate material that grades 5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Turquoise is porous and sensitive to heat but in direct sunlight its colour is generally stable. Pollutants in the atmosphere which includes perfumes and hairsprays and also moisture and oil from the skin (mainly from fingertips) can leave marks or affect the stone's colour. In extreme circumstances it can even crack. Turquoise does not respond well to being cleaned so prevention is better than cure.
If turquoise is out on display it should be kept away from excessive heat, household sprays, humidifiers and scented candles.
Turquoise which is one of the oldest of all gemstones is also one of the most popular. Its history can be traced back as far as 6000 BC where records show during the reign of the Pharaoh Semerkhet, extensive mining operations were being carried out.
One of only a few natural stones to have given its name to a colour, turquoise is recognized and in some cases revered by many cultures around the world. Giving turquoise away as a gift is said to reward the recipient with good fortune and peace.
Each of these Madagascan turquoise stones was individually chosen during one of our many trips to South Africa.
Although turquoise tends to be protected with a resin, we recommend it be handled as little as possible.
Each stone in our photograph is being sold individually. Weights and sizes can be found in the adjacent dropdown list. The piece of turquoise on the left in both photos is number 1.