The gau (prayer/amulet box) used here is one of my favorite classic Tibetan designs and can be found in a number of books on Tibetan adornment. The example employed here is made from brass that has been gold washed , antiqued, and set with turquoise and coral beads
Tibetan Blue Sky Earrings | National Geographic Store, Nomadic Himalayan tribes wore their wealth in the form of jewelry—often turquoise, called gyu in Tibetan—that could be easily carried and exchanged. So highly regarded is turquoise in Tibetan culture that the blue of the sky is referred to as ''the turquoise of heaven.'' Using faux versions of turquoise and amber, Tibetan refugees living in India create this substantial and bold jewelry in a Mongolian-influenced but modern style.