Feature Gems & Gemology, Winter 2011, Volume 47, No. 4

A Historic Turquoise Jewelry Set Containing Fossilized Dentine (Odontolite) and Glass

A set of six antique brooches, set with diamonds and light blue cabochons, was investigated with microscopy, Raman analysis, and EDXRF spectroscopy. Most of the cabochons proved to be fossilized dentine, also known as odontolite (mineralogically, fluorapatite). The brooches also contained turquoise and artificial glass.