Tibetan silver, coral and turquoise are among the major components of Tibetan style jewelry. Turquoise ranges in color from sky blue to green with brown or gray streaks. The Turquoise stone, as a lucky stone, is the national gem of Tibet. In European tradition, the gift of a turquoise ring means “forget me not.” It is one of the birth stones for December. Turquoise is found in desert regions such as Mongolia and China. Coral comes in many shades of red, pink, and white. The Tibetan believes the shinning silver combined with bright turquoise and red coral has the ability to grant health, fortune and protection from evil. Most of Tibetan style jewelry contains silver. Tibetan silver contains an alloy of mixed metals and silver, and usually has an antique look to it. Tibetan silver jewelry influences modern fashion designs. Silver is also used by some as part of dowry as silver serves a symbol of status and wealth.
Fish patterns are a distinguished design in Tibetan style jewelry. Tibetans believe in the power of shinning fish eyes and that the fish's aquamarine fins reflect the shine from its soft and smart eyes. Male and female in one body, crossing over clean or dirty water, fish live and swim freely in water; diving in deep and navigating through muddy water, fish can still remain clean and shinning. When you are in dark, follow the fish’s shining fins to brightness; if you feel unlucky, fish can lead you to luck as you extricate, resuscitate and detach from mass. With this spirit, no matter what situation you are in, you will come out of it all right. Tibetans regard fish, also called golden fish or tableland fish, as the God of water.