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Khorasan Province


Steven Hofmann
Khorasan Province, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
24 inches x 36 inches

Turquoise of stunning beauty has been mined in Iran (formerly known as Persia) for over 5000 years. Iranian production accounts for a small portion of the world’s total output, its turquoise still sets the standard for quality.

In Iran, turquoise is called “Ferozah,” which translated means “victory.”  It is Iran’s national gemstone.

The best of Iranian turquoise is rich blue, with less matrix than most turquoise mined elsewhere. It is also distinguished by white patches.  Turquoise is never a hard mineral, but Iranian turquoise is usually harder than turquoise mined in other locations.  Today, only the turquoise coming from the Southwest U.S. comes close to Iranian turquoise in color richness and beauty.

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