Peruvian turquoise is actually chrysocolla, a semiprecious gemstone. Chrysocolla was valued in jewelry by the Incas, Aztecs and other ancient cultures. Peruvian turquoise adorned the ceremonial dress of early Incas. Alpaca metal, an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel, is silver-colored and tarnish resistant.
Peruvian turquoise, alpaca metal
Assorted shades; no two stones are alike
1L inch, adjustable size
Fair Trade from Peru
Intercrafts Peru is a nonprofit civic association promoting export sales of Peruvian handicrafts. A democratic cooperative of artisan groups, Intercrafts Peru allows artisans full participation in organizational decisions. The group’s aim is to keep overhead costs low, to share responsibility so more income remains in the hands of the artisans, and to explore new markets.