The turquoise that comes out of Tibet today is usually antique material and is of a medium to dark green nature, do to the natural oils from being worn overtime. Tibetan turquoise usually has a strong black matrix. This fine blue material has been available, though rare in today’s market. The Tibetans considered turquoise to be a powerful stone and many wear it for the good fortune in brings. The Tibetan people have worn turquoise in every form. There has been little information concerning the mining of Tibetan turquoise. Both Pogue and Branson in their books on turquoise list four areas were turquoise has been found. Because of Tibetan turquoise’s antique nature and strong color the cabochons and beads of this material make fine jewelry especially when set in gold.
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