This high-dome oval Chinese turquoise cabochon features polished, reflective facets that create a light-catching affect for this gemstone. The high dome makes the gemstone much more substantial than traditional cabochons, increasing the profile of the stone in your design. This stone is a great choice for jewelry with a bold design or in a statement piece. Turquoise is one of the birthstones for December.
Sourced from China, this turquoise features blue to blue/green color with very little matrix, making it possible to match stones for earrings or multi-stone designs. Turquoise looks great with silver and other white metal settings and is best suited to earrings, brooches, pendants and other settings that will protect the stone from damage and wear.
Turquoise is a soft, opaque gemstone that takes a good polish. Its sky blue color comes from the presence of copper; green tones are provided by iron traces. It sometimes has a rock matrix and varying shades of gray, brown or black veining due to inclusions or oxide stains. Natural turquoise is untreated, chemically or otherwise. Treatments for turquoise include electrochemical enhancement to improve color and stabilization with resin that darken and harden stone. Individual types of turquoise are usually named according to their source.