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Description - The Allure of Turquoise by Arnold Vigil

First published in 1995, 'The Allure of Turquoise' has never lost its allure. A symbol of New Mexico's beauty and ancient history, turquoise is highly valued. The gem enthralls modern man just as it charmed the Ancestral Puebloans who lived in the great stone structures of Chaco Canyon. In 1967, the New Mexico legislature adopted turquoise as the state gem, acknowledging its importance in the culture and history of the Southwest. From early trade, to Native American ceremonial use, to trendy contemporary jewelry, turquoise inspires its collectors to trace the distinctive varieties of the mineral back to their individual mines. This book includes articles on many aspects of the crown jewel of New Mexico, from geology and mining history, to its use and significance to American Indians. Fascinating chapters discuss the 'allure' of the stone, old pawn, how to detect manufactured fakes, and even a special relationship between ants and turquoise.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780937206874
ISBN-10: 0937206873
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 108
Imprint: New Mexico Magazine
Publisher: New Mexico Magazine
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Arnold Vigil

Arnold Vigil is book editor for New Mexico Magazine.