Turquoise, a beloved gemstone in ancient Egypt, was mined for over six thousand years in Sinai. It was often seen in their jewellery, and it made for an exceptional talisman. It was believed that turquoise protected its owner from accidents, disease, and natural disasters. It also served religious purposes as the Egyptians made small figurines of scarabs - their sacred beetles. Crushed turquoise was also appreciated by Egyptian women who used it as a powder to decorate their eyes. Cleopatra, (in)famous Egyptian queen and seductress, is often presented with heavy eye make-up, and if she truly did wear it like this, there is no doubt it was made from turquoise powder...Read more about Turquoise in history and myth

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