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Antique Persian turquoise and gold brooch

(Code: A054 )

An antique Persian turquoise panel, in a later gold brooch mount, circa 1860.

The plump tear drop shaped turquoise matrix panel is engraved with a flowering tree design inlaid with gold, rim set within a gold rounded tubular brooch frame with applied gold fine wire rope twist detail, 50 mm wide x 48 mm long

Turquoise, formed from hydrated copper and aluminium phosphate, was one of the first gemstones to be mined – some of the ancient sites in Persia (now Iran) go back at least 2,000 years.  The sky-blue stone found there was treasured for its healing properties and worn as a talisman against evil.   The early turquoise trade routes to  Europe came through Turkey, hence the name, “turquoise.”