This lovely, vintage Turquoise Cabochon has Ben cut from Chinese Turquoise believed to have been mined in the 1970's. It will be wonderful set in Sterling Silver as a pendant or bolo tie. It can be wire wrapped in gold, silver or bronze or incorporated into a larger design.
Total weight is 27 carats/ 5.5 grams Approximate measurements are 40mm X 25mm
Chinese Turquoise has become the most widely used Turquoise in the world. There is evidence of turquoise use in China dating at least as far back as 1700 BC as evidenced by a bronze plaque with turquoise overlay from the Erlitou culture site in Menan Province displayed at the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Although some Turquoise was mined in China in ancient times, more commonly it was acquired in trade with Mongols, Persians, and Turks. Mostly the Chinese used turquoise for carvings and other art. Believed to bring good luck, it is worn set in rings and bracelets, as beads in necklaces. Northwest of Shanghai is the Ma'ashan turquoise mine, and the Hubei Province produces turquoise in colors reminiscent of the now closed mines in Nevada. This turquoise ranges in color from sky blue to spring green as well. Today there are no known producing mines .