Two Huge Royal Blue Turquoise Slab Beads - 53mm x 42mm

Product Code: ga4558

Availability:In stock

Price is for 2 slab, drilled all the way through ready to thread. Each are a different shape and size - but largest average measures about 53mm x 42mm x 6mm. Dyed blue, but color fixed. Heavy!

For selling, turquoise is similar to jade and pearl for the same reasons. Everyone appreciates it, and the gem always looks good however it's used. Turquoise is the birthstone for December.

What is turquoise?
Turquoise is a soft, opaque gemstone, formed by volcanic rock reacting to copper deposits brought by water. Colour ranges from blue-green, to yellow-green with grey, black or brown veining. Most non-green turquoise these days is dyed, and as genuine turquoise is expensive, reconstituted turquoise is common. Crafted from real turquoise chips fused with other stones to cut cost.

Turquoise has been found in 5,000-year-old Egyptian tombs and the Tibetans used it as currency centuries ago. North Africa and the Middle East hold large deposits, but most turquoise today originates from Burma and is carved in China. Turquoise didn't reach Europe until the crusades when the name originated, meaning "Turkish stone".