Contest: Win This Nepalese Turquoise Necklace!


Win This Turquoise Necklace from Nepal

While taking photos in Bhaktapur, I ran into a particularly-insistent vendor who wouldn’t take no for an answer. She wanted 3,000 rupees ($42 US) for this turquoise and silver necklace but since I wasn’t really interested, the price dropped pretty quickly.

I have no idea if it’s really turquoise or not –it was bought on the street, after all– but she didn’t offer to throw in a free bridge while she was at it, so let’s just hope for the best. The necklace is about 20″ long, with beads that are a 1/2″ in diameter. When I announce the winner, I’ll tell you what the final price was.

The rules are simple: just leave a comment below and on Saturday, January 22, I will randomly pick the lucky winner and ship them this prize direct from Nepal. Can’t get any easier than that…

If you’re a fan of my Facebook page, you can leave a comment there as well and double your odds. Good luck!

[Please note that all of your information is confidential and that I am far too lazy to spam you. ]


We have a winner! Congratulations to Christine, the proud new owner of this lovely piece. Click here to learn the final price.

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Phang Nga January 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Not something I will be wearing any time soon :-) is allways a prety gal to donate too though..


Raji January 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

well….. I have become a fan of your blog/travelog and have been following…
offered you dinner also but you didn;t reply.
i guess i deserve this then :))
Will wait for you to ask my postal address… ha ha


wes January 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

Oh no, did I miss an email? Apologies if so!


Michael January 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm



het January 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Can I help you pick the winner??


wes January 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

Only if you’re a random number generator :)


Raquel January 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Would you have paid the $42 if she would have thrown in the bridge? ;)


wes January 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

No way — can you imagine the shipping charges?


polly January 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm

A guy as smart and handsome as you should have no problem picking the right person to give the necklace to!


wes January 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

I see what you did there ;)


David January 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Stumbled upon your site and you are my new idol and role model! I wish I could be right by your side taking pictures.


wes January 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

Thanks, David. Come on in — the water’s fine :)


Dominique January 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

Ah…just in time for my birthday later this month :lol:


Christine Patterson January 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

Can’t wait to read more about your adventures. Very interesting necklace ;)


Kari January 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

Beautiful :) My daughter would love it :)


Alexis January 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

Its hard to tell in a picture such as that whether or not it looks like real turquoise or not.. This website has different pictures of turquoise to compare if interested:


Kelsey January 17, 2011 at 4:18 am

the realest of real is simply the spirit in our thoughts. i think it is beautiful! new follower. new fan.


Shannon January 17, 2011 at 4:46 am

You always come up with something strange & unique the ear cleaning article is my fave of yours its like I read it today :). Unfortunately my mom gave me a girl name, I guess he thought I would be a girl (that’s not what she says!) well I can donate it to my mom who loves torquise or maybe give it to a girl that I’m waiting to like me.


Maggie Summerhayes January 17, 2011 at 4:55 am

It is a beautiful necklace and someone spent time matching the beads, threading them and finishing it off. That must be worth something! Enjoying your travel stories.


Christine January 17, 2011 at 7:26 am


Turquoise, if it’s real, will bring the wearer good luck!

Would love the necklace! *crosses fingers*


Doug Chesnutt January 17, 2011 at 9:13 am

The good thing about authenticity, is that it doesn’t always have to be authenticated.


gaea January 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I want!


Sue January 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

Nice necklace… I LOVE turquoise!


clareawasw January 18, 2011 at 1:06 am

Please count me in!


jim truitt January 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

hey wes i know a real pretty young girl that would love to have ,that necklace
my daughter i know what you thinking


Nicole January 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Wow, it’s beautiful! ^_^ Turquoise has always been a favourite of mine.
How long have/are you going to be in Nepal for? Can’t wait to see some of the photos. :)


meghna January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hello :)

My friend shared a gorgeous photostory on Varanasi with me this morning and I have to say, I am hooked ( . I work in the travel biz myself and Nepal is one of my must visits for sure. Glad to see you are there now and cannot wait to see your take on it. the Buddha images in stone with the blue on their forehead and hair was captivating. I can’t wait for more!




wes January 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thanks so much, Meghna! More photos soon…


DonaKay Rein January 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love reading your blog. I almost feel like I can see and experience what you are doing. Sometimes, I can feel the heat and smell the surroundings. I’m happy to sit under my palm tree and let you do all the exploring…keep up the great writing and exploring for those of us who can’t experience it ourselves.


wes January 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Why, thank you!


Tavia January 19, 2011 at 2:37 am

Grampa (ur uncle) says hello :-)
He said ur in crazy city. With crazy people. So you MUST be crazy :-p He’s so smart. Lol


Camels & Chocolate January 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I lived in the Southwest for a stint and was never wild about the turquoise there, but this necklace is beautiful! I would love to own it =)


Tracy January 20, 2011 at 4:06 am

I have really enjoyed your posts on India. Great photography!


wes January 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thanks, Tracy!


Nikki January 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

It is pretty. Can’t wait to find out what the final price was.


The Arabic Student January 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

I know who I’m giving this to when I win! :D


Kristin January 23, 2011 at 3:30 am

What a beautiful piece!


Adrian B. January 23, 2011 at 5:07 am

Can’t wait to see who the winner is :D


wes January 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

On a flight to Bangkok today — will announce the winner on Monday. Thanks!


Chava February 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hi! Did you give the necklace away yet? I’ve been making jewelry lately and would love those beads if you haven’t picked the lucky one yet!

Best wishes and blessings,