Turquoise has been used as an ornamental mineral for thousands of years due to its varying and unique hues. The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 17th century, is derived from the French word turques for "Turks", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey. This particular piece exemplifies the unique mottles associated with turquoise. The unusual shape further enhances its beauty. Set in sterling silver with a large oval bail. Made by American designer, Charles Albert. 3" L, 1.5" W.