Mined for 1000's of years at least the First Dynasty (3000 BCE) in ancient Egypt, turquoise is one of the oldest mined gems. The name turquoise is derived from the French turquois for "Turkish" is it was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia. The Roman, Pliny the Elder, referred to the mineral as callais and the Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl.
This gem is known and admired across cultures, if this is you or you need some r-e-s-p-e-c-t (try earning it first), this anker is your. Also looks great on your shirt.