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Caravan Turquoise

Caravan Turquoise


Caravan Turquoise comes from the Middle East, from mines in Persia (now called Iran). Gem turquoise has originated in this area for more than five thousand years and has been highly valued through the ages. The material on this page was purchased more than forty years ago and came to us through Turkey. Some of these stones are sprinkled with silvery pyrite; others have intense, turquoise color; while others feature a contrast between the sky of the turquoise and the warm earthy browns of its matrix. Still others feature a rich green/olive cast, while another group sports pastel aqua coloring. They undoubtedly came from different mines, but since I bought them as a group, I am calling them all "Caravan Turquoise."

   Most of these were cut in the traditional shape: nearly flat on the surface, with rounded backs. Since this cut doesn't fit well in western settings, I have flattened nearly all of the backs. However, the sides still flare outwards from the base, creating an undercut profile. Please be sure to review the diagram which is included in the photos of each stone so that you understand what the back looks like and how it should be set. Moderately undercut stones are thick enough to be safely set in any manner--bezel, prong, beading, cast, or wire-wrap. Severely undercut stones have thinner edges that need to have a "seated" or supported setting. There are also a couple that I've left in their original round form, as well as a couple more with western cabochon cuts. They all have unpolished backs.

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Caravan Turquoise with Pyrite
Sprinkles of silvery pyrite bring a gleam to the beautiful turquoise of this piece. Flat back with..
$110.00
Caravan Turquoise with Pyrite
Sprinkles of silvery pyrite bring a gleam to the beautiful turquoise of this piece. Flat back with a..
$88.00
Caravan Turquoise with Pyrite
Sprinkles of silvery pyrite bring a gleam to the beautiful turquoise of this piece. Flat back with..
$52.00
Caravan Turquoise with Pyrite
Sprinkles of silvery pyrite bring a gleam to the beautiful turquoise of this piece. Flat back with..
$34.00
Caravan Turquoise
This piece lacks pyrite, so plain gray matrix shows through the shiny pretty blue of the turquoise..
$24.00
Caravan Turquoise
This is a solid chunk of turquoise with matrix, very thick and sturdy, although the tip needs to b..
$54.00
Caravan Turquoise
This is one of the rare Persian pieces that has a cabochon cut and a flat back. ..
$50.00
Caravan Turquoise
Although this piece has a moderate undercut, careful setting is required at the tip. Do not apply ..
$38.00
Caravan Turquoise
Although this piece is thick, it requires careful setting because the edge is relatively thin due ..
$32.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back. ..
$26.00
Caravan Turquoise
The gorgeous turquoise of this piece goes through from front to back with very little matrix. the ..
$74.00
Caravan Turquoise
The contrast between the chocolate matrix and the multiple shades of turquoisemake this a mesmeriz..
$68.00
Caravan Turquoise
The shades of turquoise in this piece range from dusky in the center through medium to bright light ..
$62.00
Caravan Turquoise
This piece has been reduced from $52.00 because it has a healed fracture going across the stone. M..
$36.00
Caravan Turquoise
Because this piece is solid turquoise, with very little matrix even on the back, I am honoring it by..
$52.00
Caravan Turquoise
Because this piece is solid turquoise, with very little matrix even on the back, I am honoring it ..
$46.00
Caravan Turquoise
This teardrops sports intense, rich color. It has a flat back and its narrow point calls for care ..
$38.00
Caravan Turquoise
This piece has a flat back with moderately undercut sides (see diagram). ..
$32.00
Caravan Turquoise
Careful setting is required because of unsupported edges. Sits flat. ..
$12.00
Caravan Turquoise
A 2.5 mm vertical girdle surrounds the edge of this piece, sloping inward to a flat 12.5 x 6.5 mm ..
$14.00
Caravan Turquoise
The matrix of this piece has microscopic twinkling crystals that reflect light on both front and b..
$48.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back. ..
$46.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back. ..
$36.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back. ..
$36.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back. ..
$34.00
Caravan Turquoise
This is a huge chunk of solid turquoise, with hardly any matrix. Even though it is moderately unde..
$62.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back...
$36.00
Caravan Turquoise
If you could get the back of this piece polished, it would rival the beauty of the front. This piece..
$34.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back...
$22.00
Caravan Turquoise
A 2.0 mm vertical girdle surrounds the edge of this piece, sloping inward to a flat 10 x 8.5 mm base..
$22.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back...
$5.00
Caravan Turquoise
This piece is moderately undercut, but the narrow tip should be set with care--Burnish at an angle i..
$40.00
Caravan Turquoise
This visually stunning piece is moderately undercut, but the narrow tip should be set with care--Bur..
$48.00
Caravan Turquoise
Moderately undercut, flat back...
$42.00
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