Beads, Cabochons, Jewelry & Stones
Turquoise was originally discovered in the Al-Mirsah-Kuh Mountains of Iran. It soon taken to Turkey by way of Europe, then in the 17th century it was named from French "turques" or "turquois" meaning "Turkish". With a hardness of 5-6 on the Mohs scale, making it easy to carve, it soon became a popular stone for jewelry.
The color of Turquoise can range from: Bright Blue, Sky-Blue, Pale Green, Blue-Green, Turquoise-Blue, Apple-Green, to Green-Gray.
Since Turquoise is a softer stone, most jewelry and beads have been enhanced and stabilized by applying intense pressure, filling in natural gaps with plastic filler or epoxy, creating a stronger and harder stone.