Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone Hardcover – Sep 21 2010
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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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Some of the text is very informative, but some is not. The description of turquoise use by old civilizations seems to be examples drawn from the literature, rather than an integrated summary of use in a civilization. The chapter on imitations describes the processes used in some detail but doesn't allow you to identify one; if you want genuine turquoise, the authors urge you to require that the seller provide a statement of the origin of the stone. Most of the information in the chapter on mines is the date first mined and the history of ownership, rather than describing the typical matrix and color of high-grade ore from the mine. There is good information on the geology of turquoise; the authors credit the assistance of a New Mexico geologist.
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