African Turquoise, Jasper, Dyed, Smooth Round, 8mm with 2mm Hole, One Strand

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African Turquoise, Jasper, Dyed, Smooth Round, 8mm with 2mm Hole, One Strand.

This price is for 1 strand 14 inches long.

8mm strands have 43 to 48 pieces and has 2mm hole

African Turquoise is not turquoise at all, but it is a spotted teal Jasper from Africa. It is often treated to give it that rich blue-green color we love about real turquoise. The matrix in African Turquoise Jasper with its inclusions of black lines and dots resembles the matrix of Turquoise. 

African Turquoise Jasper is usually light bluish to green in color. It can look very similar to Variquoise, a unique combination of variscite and turquoise found in Utah and Nevada. 

Jasper is a member of the chalcedony family. It is usually an opaque stone with a solid color or an irregular display of colors caused by various mineral impurities. Its colors are usually red, yellow, brown, or green in color and rarely blue. The common red color is due to iron inclusions. It often contains an abundance of impurities, and therefore some regard it as a rock instead of a mineral. Patterns arise during the consolidation process forming flow and depositional patterns in the original silica rich sediment or ash. The Jasper name means "spotted or speckled stone".

Jasper is known to have been a favorite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin. Jasper in mentioned many times in the Bible. Green jasper was used to make bow drills between 4th and 5th millennium BC.

Hardness 6.5-7 

These beads are dyed with the introduction of coloring agent into a gemstone to give it new color, intensify present color or improve color uniformity.

Theses beads were cut, drilled and polished in China.