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.
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Meet the Artisan
Intercrafts Peru is a nonprofit civic association promoting export sales of Peruvian handicrafts. A cooperative of artisan groups, Intercrafts that 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. Benefits to members include health care, loan funds and advances, school supplies and books, training programs and technical assistance.