Chunky turquoise pendant featuring a highly polished turquoise cabochon from Nepal. This incredibly popular mineral has really stood the test of time and despite having been mined for thousands of years, it's still one of the best known and most highly sought after of all gemstones. This hand crafted turquoise pendant features a highly polished bulbous shaped cabochon gemstone crafted in a fine sterling silver setting.
In the Sinai Peninsula in 6000 BC records show that thousands of workers were involved in mining operations for turquoise and archaeologists have also discovered that many Ancient Egyptian tombs were filled with beautiful turquoise artifacts. Whilst most people understand that rocks and minerals have been worn by man for thousands of years, it's still fascinating to think that turquoise was being worn four thousand years before the birth of Christ.
The dark spidery lines that make up the patterns in turquoise are known as matrix and they're the remnants of the host rock in which the turquoise formed. One of the very few minerals to have attributed its name to a colour, shades vary from light blue to apple green and although quite rare, hues of yellow can also be present. The blue colour in turquoise is the result of copper whilst green is caused by iron.