As the name suggests, this art involves the use of turquoise, one of the world’s most beautiful gemstones. Owing its mesmerizing blue hue to the copper in its make-up, the stone is found in Egypt, Mexico, and Iran, but Iran is where the finest turquoise comes from. Iran is home to the oldest and biggest turquoise mine in the world, which is located in Neyshabur, Razavi Khorasan Province, northeast of the country.
Uses of turquoise
Although seen on the exterior of some old places of worship in Iran, turquoise is mostly used in jewelry making as gems on rings, bracelets, and other such items.
Isfahan artists use the gemstone on copper surfaces, creating beautiful handicrafts called “turquoise inlays.” Cyruscrafts is proud to bring you turquoise inlay products decorated with genuine Neyshabur turquoise.
Turquoise inlay products
· Turquoise inlay vases
· Framed turquoise inlay
· Turquoise inlay jewelry
· Turquoise inlay lidded bowls
· Turquoise inlay tea sets
· Turquoise inlay mirrors
· Turquoise inlay trays
· Turquoise inlay cake/dessert stands
· Turquoise inlay copper sugar cube bowls
Benefits of turquoise
Many who use turquoise products, especially jewelry, do so for the therapeutic benefits of the beautiful gemstone. Just like agate, turquoise has numerous benefits, such as:
· Relieving stress and depression
· Alleviating phobias
· Boosting mood and attracting good luck
· Improving eyesight, circulation, and throat health
· Treating many internal diseases
· Stimulating and activating chakras
· Awakening inner forces
· Relieving headaches and migraines
· Treating epilepsy
Mental benefits of turquoise
A symbol of peace, turquoise improves mental health in many ways, including:
· Enhancing love, compassion, honesty, and reasoning
· Protection against negative energy
Fun facts about turquoise
· Turquoise comes in a wide range of colors, comprising more than 100,000 shades of blue and green!
· No two turquoise stones are exactly alike in terms of hue and texture; each is unique as a fingerprint.
· Turquoise uses oxygen!
Steps of turquoise inlay
Here, we’ll take a look at the steps taken in making a work of turquoise inlay:
1. Preparing the copper base: After a product is designed by a turquoise inlayer, the design goes to a coppersmith to make the base. The copper object is then given ridges and grooves along its surface using bending machines.
2. Gluing turquoise pieces: The turquoise inlayer meticulously glues tiny pieces of turquoise on the base.
3. Polishing and finishing: In this step, the product is polished using a diamond blade. Then, it’s finished by sanding, and coated in a layer of polyester powder to make the copper washable. The final product will be a copper object covered partially with a mosaic of turquoise pieces.
How to tell authentic from fake turquoise inlay
How to distinguish authentic art has always been an issue for art enthusiasts. Here at Cyruscrafts, we have identified six ways to tell genuine from fake turquoise inlay. Here’s how to do it:
1. Scratch the turquoise with a needle: If the stone is scratched, then it’s no doubt made of plastic. Fine turquoise can never be scratched.
2. Check attention to detail: The more meticulous the inlaying, the more valuable the piece. Also, the more turquoise pieces is used and the more organized they are inlaid, the higher is the product quality and value.
3. Compare turquoise and glass hardness: Turquoise is harder than glass, so it can scratch it. Use a piece of turquoise to scratch glass. If the glass doesn’t get scratched or the stone does, then the stone isn’t true turquoise.
4. Use polyester: Rub some polyester on the turquoise. If the stone is scratched, then it’s not turquoise.
5. Expose to sunlight: Expose the turquoise to direct sunlight for a few minutes. If the color doesn’t change, it’s probably true turquoise, as fake turquoise changes in color when exposed to sunlight.
6. Expose to fire: Hold the turquoise close to a fire. If the stone changes in color, it’s not genuine because fire can’t change the color of true turquoise.
Which Iranian cities produce turquoise inlay?
The northeastern cities of Mashhad and Neyshabur in Razavi Khorasan Province together form the cradle of turquoise inlay. The art originated in Mashhad and gradually found its way to Isfahan. Today, turquoise inlay artists are mostly centered in Mashhad, Neyshabur, Isfahan, and Zanjan.
What countries is Persian turquoise inlay exported to?
Italy, Iraq, the UAE, Germany, Bahrain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Oman, Brazil, Jordan, France, Georgia, Kenya, Lebanon, Canada, the US, Nigeria, and Austria are the destinations of Iran’s turquoise inlay export. We at Cyruscrafts hope that our expertise and capacity in supply and export can bring more precious Persian handicrafts to the international market and further introduce these traditional art forms to the world.
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