This is a 0.875" or 22mm Hand Carved Chinese Turquoise Shou Bead. The material is natural (not stabilized) turquoise in a pale blue-green tone with commonly occurring variations. Two sides of the bead have a round area inscribed with a Chinese symbol, which appears to be one of the variations of shou, the word for longevity. In Chinese traditional thought, shou is one of three blessings and important goals in life. The remainder of the bead has a curvilinear design with multiple holes. The hole for stringing measures about 0.0625" or 2mm. Maker and exact age are unknown. However, the original owner purchased this bead about 40 years ago. This 22mm Hand Carved Chinese Turquoise Shou Bead is in very good condition with no damage or wear.