Turquoise silver inlay bead Tibetan necklace from the 1980’s. Tibetan Turquosie is extremely popular in Tibet and Nepal and has many connections to the spiritual and religious backgrounds of this part of the world. Himalayan's value this turquoise stone for its powers turquoise is also viewed as one of the most valuable stones in Tibet. Both Tibetan men and women wear turquoise jewellery as earrings, finger rings, belt-buckles, head dresses, pendants and so on, frequently set in gold or silver with coral and other precious gemstones. A single piece of turquoise is sometimes worn as an earring, attached only by a length of string. Sarat Chardra Das described the headdress of the wealthy women at a festival in Tashilhunpo: "their headdresses struck me much. The prevailing form consisted of two or sometimes three circular bands of plaited hair placed across the head and richly studded with pearls. Coral and turquoise beads as large as hen’s eggs, and various sorts of amber and jade encircled their heads like a halo of light round the heads of goddesses. These circles were attached to a circular headband from which six or eight stings of pearls and regularly shaped pieces of turquoise and other precious gems hung down over the forehead". Most Tibetans carry boxes of wood, copper, silver, or leather pouches suspended from their necks or attached to some other part of the body, most of these objects being embellished with turquoise. As famous swords, daggers, saddles, and coats of mail receive individual Tibetan names, so also celebrated turquoise gemstones are given special names. Water-vases, musical instruments, bells, prayer-wheels and other artifacts are commonly set with turquoise, in fact, the gem is used so extensively for decoration that it ranks as one of the most appreciated gems in the world. Beautiful vintage antique necklace!
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