Deputy Directing Manager of Iran’s Geological Survey Organization said that following India and Brazil, Iran is the 3rd largest producer of gem.
Iran’s turquoise trade was traditionally done in Turkey and since then it acquired the international name "turquoise”.
Behrooz Borna who was speaking with ISNA said that Iran is in a satisfactory state regarding gem and its production.
Right now Iran stores 4 billion tons of gem and the country produces more than 13.5 tons.
He maintained that Iran holds six reservoirs for precious and semi-precious stones, adding "Iran’s most prominent precious stone mine is the turquoise mine of Nishapur.”
Turquoise was discovered by Iranians and Egyptians. But despite the fact that Iran is one of the most important discoverers of turquoise, the Iranian stone is still being referred to under its Turkish name.