Photos by Farhad Safari, Mehr News Agency
NEISHABOUR, IRAN (Mehr News Agency) - Seyyed Hassan Afkhami is a lovely old man who
has been working in Neishabour Turquoise Mine since he was 12 years old.
Majority of local people here have been engaged in extracting the precious stone
from the world's largest turquoise mine located near
Neishabour in Khorasan
Razavi province (map) that has a long history dating back to 3,000 b.c.
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise has been devalued, like most other opaque gems, by the introduction onto the market of treatments, imitations, and synthetics. The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise dates to the 17th century and is derived from the French turques for "Turks" because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia. Pliny the Elder referred to the mineral as callais and the Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl. (read more on wikipedia)
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