|I would like to thank to Mr. Rasim Firat, the head of
Chamber of Craftsmen and Jewellers of Erzurum for sending me some Oltu stones
to work with and the information about the stone.
From the information Mr. Rasim
Firat has sent me I translated;
"Oltu stone is a kind of lignite that is black, shiny, dense and
homogenous. As it can be polished easily since ancient history it has
been utilized by craftsmen in Anatolia, specifically in Erzurum, in the
manufacture of jewellery such as rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces,
as well as worry beads and cigarette holders.
Oltu stone, sometimes referred to as Erzurum stone or black amber, is
principally mined in the villages of Tutku and Tutmaç in Erzurum's Oltu
county. In this regent the stone is produced from approximately 40