Traditional Turquoise Jewelry Styles
People have prized turquoise jewelry for millennia. Learn about these traditional turquoise designs that still influence modern artisans.
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Ancient Egyptian Turquoise Jewelry
The earliest documented use of turquoise jewelry comes from Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians sourced most of their turquoise from the southwest Sinai region, particularly Serabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghara. The Egyptians associated turquoise with fertility and plant life. For them, it was a luxury item that brought joy to people, and they made good use of their limited supply.
Beads, Amulets, and Inlays
Ancient Egyptian artisans worked turquoise in ways we still employ today. For example, they carved beads from it for bracelets and elaborate collar necklaces.…
Emily Frontiere is a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She is particularly experienced working with estate/antique jewelry.
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