Spiderweb Egyptian Turquoise Cab 251
Product Code: DSC251
Stone Type: Egyptian Turquoise
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Here is a beautiful hand cut, 9.5 carat, free form round, Egyptian Turquoise cabochon by John and Dillon
Hartman of Durango Silver Company. We are proud to offer this high end historic
Turquoise! Until recent years this materials has been lost, sitting in the dessert
un-mined. The mines have been re-opened, but the availability is limited and
there is no idea how much Turquoise the ancient mines will yeild as they have
been mined heavily by the Ancient Egyptians.
This cabochon has been hand cut in Durango, Colorado USA from genuine Egyptian
Turquoise rough. This highgrade Turquoise cabochon is hard and durable. 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). This stone is genuine Turquoise and is not re-constituted stone. The stone has been enhanced.
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
can be found on famous historic objects such as King Tut's burial items. For
more information please visit our informational page on Egyptian
This Turquoise cabochon weighs 9.5 cts and measures approx. 15mm in diameter.