Opaque and variously coloured from pale sky blue or sea green. Turquoise was the green stone most favoured by the Ancient Egyptians whose name mafkat was used as a synonym for joy or delight; however its relative rarity is misleading as the turquoise pallet so common to Ancient Egyptian works is predominantly achieved through green feldspar or faience, despite this, true turquoise, to the extent that it was available was highly prized. Associated with the sky goddess Hathor, consort of the sky god Ra and hence a mother figure to the divine pharaohs, turquoise was fashioned into amulets, beads and inlays

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