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Chemical FormulaCuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8*4(H2O)

How & Where is it Formed?

TurquoiseIf it's not blue, what's it to you?

Physical Properties

The mineral turquoise is formed when rainfall infiltrates downward through soil & rock, dissolving small amounts of copper. When that water has been evaporated, the copper unites with the aluminum & phosphorus to deposit tiny amounts of turquoise on the walls of the subsurace fractures. The turquoise can also replace the rock that is in contact with the waters. If the replacement is complete, a solid mass of turquoise will be formed. Turquoise is mostly found in Northern Iran, Southwest of the United States, Pakistan, Mexico, Israel, & China.

Fun Facts

Current Market Value

Hardness: 5-6 (Between Apatite & Orthoclose)Streak: Pale Bluish WhiteLuster: WaxyDensity: 2.7g/mL

Use in Society

$3 Per Carat=$15 pER gRAM

Turquoise is being used as jewelry or in arnaments from Egypt. The most known use is the for the birthstone of December.

1. The turquoise mineral is considered one of the highest value minerals in the world by most collectors.2. The origin of the name Turquoise is derived from the Greek word "Turkois" meaning "Turkish" because it was first brought from Turkey3. The symbolism associated with Turquoise is prosperity, success, & happiness

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