Rough turquoise nugget from Madagascar, one of only a small collection of these stones that we currently have available. Turquoise from Madagascar is not found in the UK as often as stones from some of the other turquoise producing countries around the world.
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 they're not really well looked after. Although turquoise tends to be protected with wax or a resin, it's worth knowing that it doesn't take well to being cleaned which is why taking good care of it is so important. Most notably turquoise needs to 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.
Turquiose which is the birthstone for December is highly sought after for use in alternative therapies such as crystal healing. It's said that if you give turquoise as a gift it will bring the recipient good luck and peace.
All of the turquoise nuggets in our collection of crystals, rocks and minerals have all been individually chosen by one of our team.
Weight (grams): 36.5
Size (cms): 4.5 x 3.2 x 2.6