Synopses & Reviews
This second edition of The Allure of Turquoise
offers an illuminating look at the cherished gemstone that has come to symbolize the culture and history of the Southwest.
The powerful allure of New Mexico's crown jewel comes alive through a diverse collection of feature stories contributed by some of the state's best writers. Their work delves into many facets of turquoise, from the miracle of its geological creation and its centuries-old mining history to its significance and use in the lives of Native Americans.
Intriguing chapters touch on the mystery of old pawn, the treasures that reside in the world's first Turquoise Museum, the innovative artistry of New Mexico's contemporary Native jewelers, and how to distinguish the genuine article from cheap imitations. Readers will find plenty of turquoise lore and a fascinating essay on the strange-but-true relationship between ants and the blue-green stone.
Contributors to The Allure of Turquoise are Susan Arritt, Marc Simmons, David Gomez, Jon Bowman, Richard McCord, Gaye Brown de Alvarez, Jack Hartsfield, Patricia O'Connor, Steve Voynick, Ray Nelson, and Emily Drabanski. Photographer Mark Nohl's exquisite color photographs embellish the text.
This popular book featuring the crown jewel of New Mexico is back in a revised edition.
If someone had to pick a symbol of New Mexico's timeless quality, turquoise would rank right at the top. The mineral enthralls modern man just as it charmed the Anasazi who lived in the great stone structures of Chaco Canyon. Even insects at the ancient site, ants in particular, have fallen victim to its allure. There is also a captivated audience eager to share in the magnetism of turquoise whose origination isn't geologic in nature, but, surprisingly, plastic. The Allure of Turquoise touches upon many aspects of the much-celebrated crown jewel of New Mexico. Share in the secrets, charms and visual beauty of the stone that has deservedly become synonymous with New Mexico.