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Free Form Oval Egyptian Turquoise Cab

Product Code: DSC238
Stone Type: Egyptian Turquoise
Free Form Oval Egyptian Turquoise Cab
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  • Free Form Oval Shape Spiderweb Egyptian Turquoise Cabochon

    13.5 ct Cabochon of Spiderweb Egyptian Turquoise hand cut in Durango, Colorado by John Hartman. This cabochon has been hand cut in Durango, Colorado USA from genuine Egyptian Turquoise rough. This high grade Turquoise cabochon has been stabilized so it is hard and durable. This stone is real Turquoise and not re-constituted stone and has not been dyed. The Turquoise is a beautiful blue with attractive red to brown spider web matrix. The beauty of the cabochon will be exponentially great once set into Sterling Silver or Gold Jewelry. This hand cut gemstone features a nice slightly angled, yet almost 90 degree side for easy bezel setting, a nice rounded dome and a thin backing (none metal containing for light weight durability). Since at least the First Dynasty (3000 BCE), and possibly before then, turquoise was used by the Egyptians and was mined by them in the Sinai Peninsula, called the "Country of Turquoise" by the native Monitu. There are six Turquoise mines in the region, all on the southwest coast of the peninsula, covering an area of some 650 square kilometers (250 sq mi). The two most important of these mines, from a historic perspective, are Serabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh, believed to be among the oldest of known Turquoise mines. The former mine is situated about 4 kilometers from an ancient temple dedicated to Hathor. This Turquoise can be found on famous historic objects such as King Tut's burial items. For more information please visit our informational page on Egyptian Turquoise.
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