Does anyone have informatin on Eilat stone from the Red Sea? If
so, history and any you have would be helpful. Thank
you in advance, I appreciate any available. Vickie
‘Eilat Stone’ or ‘Elath Stone’ is found north of Eilat, the
southernmost city of Israel. Eilat is located on the northern
part of the Red Sea. The stone is said to come from the copper
mines of King Salomon.
‘Eilat Stone’ is a mixture of chrysocolla intergrown with
turquoise and pseudomalachite, a copper phosphate mineral. The
colour is blue to green with a specific gravity from 2.8 to 3.2.
The stones are often cut in cabochons or tumbled.
Because it’s a copper mineral ‘Eilat Stone’ will turn yellow if
you apply a drop of hydrochloric acid.
‘Elat Stone’ can be used as a substitute for Turquoise.