Vintage Persian & Middle East Turquoise Jewelry Examples
Classically Persian Turquoise Jewelry has been made mainly from 22k gold. Today Persians make silver and Turquoise jewelry as well as gold and Turquoise jewelry.
and turquoise beads from a necklace, 19th-early 20th century Saudi Arabia
Further confirming the Arabian Peninsula as a region rich in the tradition of jewelry art are these remarkable hollow gold and turquoise beads from a necklace that was probably completed by additional sections of beads, most likely Turquoise bead and coral beads, somewhat irregularly shaped. These beads might have been considered medieval were it not for their place of origin and the corroborating evidence of the origin of related types. While these beads have distinctive individual features not known on medieval pieces (most notably, the large set turquoises), analogies-particularly of form-with earlier pieces are obvious. The granulation work and the overall technical control of these gold and turquoise beads are of such high quality, and their design of such classical proportions, that we may well wonder whether they represent the survival of an as-yet-unknown medieval type.
Persian (Now Iranian) people prefer Turquoise in gold over Turquoise in silver jewelry. A lot of the Persian Turquoise jewelry is very victorian style as is the Tibetan, Asian and early European Turquose jewelry. The way that Persians use Turquoise in gold jewelry shows the way that the Persians respect Turquoise and treat is more of a highend gemstone then a semi-precious gemstone as Americans treat it.
Even today Sheiks and wealthy Persians can be seen sporting Turquoise jewelry with highend natural American Turquoise and Persian Turquoise. These Sheiks have been know to commission artists in the Southwest to creat highend Turquoise Jewelry for them made from natural American Turquoise in gold and silver. These Sheiks have even commissioned several Native American artists to make custom jewelry for them to take back to Iran and wear.