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Turquoise

Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Turquoise is world-wide mineral used as a gemstone for jewellery. It occurs as a secondary mineral in some copper deposits and aluminium enriched rocks. Turquoise is a French word for 'Turkish', where it came from to Europe via Iran.

Distribution: Rubicon pegmatites and from Bogenfels in the early 20th century.

Composition: Phosphate.

Crystal system: Triclinic.

Lustre: Waxy, dull, vitreous.

Streak: Pale green to white.

Hardness: 5-6.

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