African Turquoise Beads
Highly prized for its vivid coloring and the ease with which it can be carved, turquoise is one of the oldest gems known. The Egyptians used it 6000 years ago! The name “turquoise” is thought to come from the French word for “Turkish”, as French traders believed that the stone originated in Turkey. In the Americas, turquoise has been valued since at least 200 BC by native peoples in the American southwest and Mexico.
More About African Turquoise
African Turquoise is the trade name for a natural jasper that is mined in Africa. It has a coloration and matrix structure very similar to that of turquoise. The base color of these beautiful gemstone beads ranges from light aqua to deep turquoise and is intermixed with a matrix of rich chocolate brown. These African turquoise beads possess a rich, smooth luster – there is no chalkiness in their texture or appearance.
African Turquoise is a perennial classic that can be incorporated into funky, casual designs or into elegant, more formal pieces. For a wonderful contrast to its earthy quality, try it with the sparkle of our cubic zirconia beads or the soft luster of our freshwater pearls.