Inlaying involves the use of pieces of turquoise, usually polished, to create a decorative pattern. The technique involves inserting pieces of stone to form a pattern or picture. The stones are usually held in place with a setting and a lapidary adhesive cement.
Inlays are often found in turquoise jewelry originating from Tibet. One common practice is to combine turquoise with other stones, such as coral or lapis; or merge it with shells.