This beautiful Chinese Turquoise Cabochon is cut from material that was mined in the early 1970's in China, it has wonderful natural color and matrix. This Vintage turquoise will be lovely set in Sterling Silver as a pendant, bracelet, large ring or bolo tie. It can be wire wrapped in gold, silver, bronze or copper. It will be the perfect focal cabochon incorporated into a larger design! A top shelf turquoise!
Total weight is 30 carats/ 6.1 grams Approximate measurements are 35mm X 25mm
You will receive the Chinese Turquoise Cabochon as pictured.
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 .