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One: The name itself is sixteenth-century French for "Turkish" because this mineral was most likely first introduced into Europe via Turkey.
Two: Even the hardest varieties of turquoise are about as breakable as window glass.
Three: Iran (formerly known as Persia) has been an important source of turquoise for over 2,000 years.
Four: Turquoise was mined in the Sinai Peninsula by Ancient Egyptians.
Five: Arizona and Nevada are the two leading turquoise-producing regions within the United States.
Six: Turquoise also comes from China, Australia, Chile, Afghanistan, India, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
Seven: Tutankhamun's "iconic burial mask" was "liberally inlaid" with turquoise.
Eight: Ancient Persians wore turquoise around the neck or wrist to ward off "unnatural death."
Nine: Turquoise was associated with Hathor, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of "joy, feminine love, and motherhood."
Ten: According to Exodus 28, turquoise was "a stone in the Jewish High Priest's breastplate."
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