Egyptian Turquoise is so imperial in appearance that it had pride of place in the jewellery collection of many Pharaohs of the ancient civilisation. Its red, coppery webbing cutting through a distinctive greenish blue stone make it perfect to set into gold, so it was and still is amongst the most desirable jewellery to come out of the Sinai Peninsula.
Sitting between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, the Sinai is one of the world's most important historical sources of the semi-precious gemstone of Turquoise. It was so popular, in fact, that most of the supply from the mines in the southwest of the region are believed to have been used up, which is what makes Egyptian Turquoise so globally desirable today.
The translucent stone from the Sinai has the distinction of featuring dark blue discs on its surface when viewed through a microscope; by contrast, the Turquoise mined in Persia (modern-day Iran) has a bluer hue with less webbing throughout the finished stones.The noblest members of Ancient Egyptian society draped Turquoise around their necks for the protective qualities it was believed to bring, so it's no surprise that it remains as fashionable today as it was around 3000 BC.