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Turquoise – The National Stone of Iran

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Turquoise – The National Stone of Iran

You may be interested to know that the word Turquoise actually dates to the 17thcentury, when trading routes brought turquoise from Persia through the Middle East towards Europe. The traders passed through Turkey, known as “Turquie” in French, and the material was named “Turquies” (“Turkish”) by locals. Iran has been an important source of turquoise for at least 2000 years where it is called “fīrūzeh” in Farsi. You may have noticed its use in Iranian architecture, where the blue turquoise was used to cover the domes of palaces and mosques because its intense blue colour was also a symbol of...

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