Turquoise Tradition in Tibet

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Tibetan Turquoise Traditions

Turquoise is called Gyu (and pronounced "yu") in Tibet. It has a special place in the hearts, culture and traditions of the Tibetan people. Turquoise has been used as a store of wealth through the ages and has been worn as protective jewelry for eons. Many Tibetan amulets incorporate turquoise into the design, in fact.

Turquoise is indigenous to Tibet, with much of the local supply coming from the Lhasa region, the Gangschan mountains, Draya, and the mountains of Derge. Tibetan turquoise tends to have significant matrix; pure blue stone is difficult to come by.


 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMPOSTERS

Block Turquoise
Howlite Turquoise
African Turquoise

Vienna Turquoise
Faience Ceramic
Natural Imposters

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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