The use of turquoise in jewellery goes back to ancient times. The source of the finest turquoise throughout the ages has been Persia, which is currently known as Iran.
Turquoise traveled to Europe through the silk routes and together with Lapis Lazuli, were regarded as the gems of the mysterious East. Due to its exotic origins and tremendous rarity, the use of turquoise in antique jewellery conveyed and air or exclusivity, affluence and class for the wearer. Many dazzling Victorian and Edwardian jewellery designs incorporated turquoise, often set in striking combination, with diamonds and seed pearls.
Interestingly, due to the current political climate in the East, procuring Iranian turquoise has again become very difficult. Although, today additional turquoise producing regions exist, including China and even The United States.