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Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone [Hardcover]

Joe Dan Lowry , Joe P Lowry

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Book Description

Sept. 21 2010
Turquoise has been mined on six continents and traded by cultures throughout the world's history, including the European, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, Inca, and Southwest Native American. It has been set in silver and gold jewelry, cut and shaped into fetish animals, and even formed to represent gods in many religions. This gemstone is displayed in museums around the world, representing the arts and traditions of prehistoric, historic, and modern societies. Turquoise focuses on the latest information in science and art from the greatest turquoise collections around the globe.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (Sept. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423602897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423602897
  • Product Dimensions: 31.3 x 27.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #653,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe Dan Lowry is world-renowned for his knowledge about turquoise and is sought after for appraisals, interviews, and lectures. He owns turquoise mines, is a skilled lapidary, and is co-author of the book Turquoise Unearthed. He developed and is curator of the Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lives.


Joe P. Lowry has been the president of Zach-Low since 1972 and is the founder and president of The Turquoise Museum since 1993. He has been involved in bringing education to the turquoise and Indian jewelry industry at museums and national parks around the country. He co-authored Turquoise Unearthed with his son, Joe Dan Lowry.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pick recommended for any science collection strong in minerals and gems - and many a general-interest holding! Dec 13 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
TURQUOISE; THE WORLD STORY OF A FASCINATING GEMSTONE pairs an oversized, coffee-table-size eye catcher with the history and folklore of turquoise, covering its arts, traditions, and effects on human lives from prehistoric to modern times. Artifacts and collection photos represent cultures from around the world while stories, science and more capture all the facets of the gemstone in a pick recommended for any science collection strong in minerals and gems - and many a general-interest holding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first book that tells the whole story of Turquoise around the world. Dec 16 2010
By A. Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the very first book to ever talk about turquoise from all over the world, as well as imitation turquoise, stabilized turquoise, everything. You don't have to read it, due to the wonderful photographs of turquoise. But, if you do read it, you will learn more than you ever imagined about a mineral that was actually named after the country, Turkey, and not the animal. That's right, turquoise is not just a southwestern US stone. It is found in China, Russia, Iran, in fact anywhere that copper and a few other necessary minerals are nearby. This book is already in its second printing, but will never surpass Joe Dan Lowry's first book, Turquoise Unearthed. Both books should be in the turquoise lover's library.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best March 22 2011
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book on turquoise I have ever seen. It is beautiful, the pictures are beautiful and chosen for what they illustrate as well as their own artistry. The authors are well known, well versed and the book is a job well done. This book is a must have for every turquoise and gemstone lover, student or teacher. It is also a great coffee table book for novices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Feb. 8 2013
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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We gave this to my father-in-law who makes turquoise pieces and he couldn't put it down! A must buy for anyone who wants to learn more about turquoise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turquoise:the world story of a fascinating gemstoneL Oct. 25 2012
By Donna Scates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Love the book! I needed a book that would help me identify some stones that I had purchased. This book is a great addition to my library.

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