Precious gems for interior design

Precious stones most used to adorn jewellery but which can also be used in a building project was one of the hit displays at Middle East Stone

Currently taking place at Dubai’s World Trade Centre alongside Index the materials show is featuring more than 5,500 products from more than 230 exhibitors representing 22 countries.

And among them is Gemstone Tile – a company which creates interior panels from turquoise which is mined from one of the largest deposits of the gemstone in the world, at Kingman, Arizona, USA.

Danny Van Cleave, owner and partner Gemstone Tile said: “Knowing how important turquoise is in this part of the world, it is a natural choice to launch this product here at Middle East Stone,”

He said that the stone resonated with almost every culture in the world because of its beauty and historical tradition.

The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates from the 15th century, is derived from an Old French word for “Turkish”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from and area of what was then Turkey, but is now the historical Khorasan Province of Iran.

It became popular in Europe as the Roman Catholic Church lost its grip on using gems in secular jewellery and has also adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs, Mesopotamia and Indian royalty.

Van Cleave said: “We are bringing to the region a product that nobody else in the world does, with all the turquoise we use in our tiling being of jewellery grade. I can see it being popular in high grade residential projects and luxury hotels – who wouldn’t want an interior panel made from precious stone?

“The visitors we have had at Middle East Stone have been extremely knowledgeable about the product and very enthusiastic – we have had a really good start at the show.

“We have seen people come past the stand just get immediately drawn back because of the eye-catching nature of our display.”