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Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone Hardcover – Oct 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (Sept. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423602897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423602897
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
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Turquoise has been mined on six continents and traded throughout the world's history, including among the European, Middle East, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, Inca, and Southwest Native American cultures. It has been set in silver and gold jewelry, cut and shaped into fetish animals, and even formed to represent gods in many religions. It is displayed in museums around the world, representing prehistoric, historic, and modern society's arts and histories.

Turquoise's history and folklore is laced with mystery and colorful legends about its alluring mystical qualities. Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone represents the arts and traditions of prehistoric, historic, and modern societies, and includes examples from the greatest collections in the world. Included are artifacts and collections representing cultures, museums, and individual artists from Egypt, Persia, China, Tibet, Russia, Germany, Italy, Mayan, Aztec, Inca, Southwest Native America, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. Lively stories, new information, scientific methods, and vivid photography combine to capture the romance and passion of one of the world's rarest and most colorful gemstones.

Joe Dan Lowry is world-renowned for his knowledge about turquoise and is sought after for appraisals, interviews, and lectures. His research has led him to work with many experts in the fields of geology, mineralogy, and archeology, and he has seen some of the most spectacular turquoise specimens and artifacts on display in the world's museums as well as private collections. He owns one turquoise mine, has worked at many mines around the world, 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 1973 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 and has worked with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in Washington, D.C. He co-authored Turquoise Unearthed with his son, Joe Dan Lowry.

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Geology Lively stories, new information, scientific methods, and vivid photography combine to capture the romance and passion of one of the world's rarest and most colorful gemstones.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1c86ee8) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19b6d20) 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
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!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15a65ac) 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
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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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2935aec) out of 5 stars The best March 22 2011
By Michele - Published on
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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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d242dc) out of 5 stars 4 or 5 stars for photos; 1 or 2 stars for text Nov. 24 2013
By John Karon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Joe Dan is the owner and manager of the turquoise museum in Albuquerque; Joe P. is his son. (If you are in Albuquerque, it is definitely worth a visit: just west of Old Town, but call for an appointment for the tour.) They know a great deal about turquoise but are not professional writers; the text is illustrative of that. The strong point of the book is the photos (contrary to another review, half of them are not photos of mines!). The book is packed with photos of artifacts, jewelry, sculptures, raw turquoise, polished turquoise -- and a some of mine exteriors and turquoise processing. All photos are clearly labelled. However, some photos showing many specimens or cabochons from a mine are taken from too far away to clearly show the matrix and color of the turquoise.
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa170da98) out of 5 stars Outstanding reference June 2 2014
By Colleen Werley - Published on
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This book has everything you always wanted to know about turquoise. The pictures and accompanying information are outstanding. It's worth the price for anyone interested in wearing or collecting turquoise jewery.