Turquoise

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History

Turquoise is the oldest known gemstone – first found in jewellery over 7000 years ago and is almost certainly the first stone to be made into jewellery. Mesopotamian turquoise beads date back to 5000 BC. Egyptian tombs have shown that turquoise was used a lot in Egypt between 3000 and 4000 BC.

Turquoise mining began in America about 1000 years ago.