It seems to me the higher the price of gemstones, the better the counterfeiters get! And I gotta tell much of the phony stones look better and better.
Synthetic material, including glass, can be colored, stabilized and manipulated to look like most anything, including turquoise. Here are some popular types of turquoise material and a few tips that might save you some money:
#1. Genuine Chinese turquoise---it can be identified by its greenish tint or blue green color. Years ago it was not considered that valuable, but like most things in nature, it has gotten harder to find so it has risen in popularity and price. Usually, if the turquoise is natural, it's not totally perfect and has some slim black lines in it known as matrix, like this one.
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#2. Reconstructed turquoise---The easiest way to identify this is that it looks almost perfect with no matrix, no blemishes and a perfect consistent blue color. It is made from pieces and parts of real turquoise with some colored resin added to it. It's sort of the poor man's turquoise because it is about 1/10th the price of the real stuff. But I might note that it is still quite popular just because people can afford it. Looks like this:
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#3. African Turquoise---This material is dark green and looks nothing like the typical turquoise. The green is almost emerald green in color and has large blotches of black in it. Those black blotches don't add to the appeal of the stone but when you see it you know it's natural material and has not been doctored up. This stone is appreciated by people who want all natural, untouched stones. It looks like this:
AFRICAN TURQUOISE << http://stores.ebay.com/Antique-Cameos/TURQUOISE-/_i.html?_fsub=13110224018 >>
#4. Stabilized natural and color enhanced turquoise: These two items look identical. The natural is a nice dark sky blue with some black matrix and a few mild blemishes and so does the color enhanced or color shot. One is natural and untouched and the other has had some color added to make it look better and more salable. But the natural can be from 2 to 4 times the price. They look like this:
NATURAL TURQUOISE < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/products/40-to-45mm-Blue-Turquoise-Gemstone-Donut-199.cfm >
#5. Chalk turquoise -- This is ground up turquoise which is mixed with a resin and then formed into a bead. This will have consistent turquoise color with no matrix. It is turquoise at a much cheaper price but it is just not in its natural state.
In closing, it is always good to get the real thing, but at what cost? No matter what your customer says there is only so much the average jewelry buyer will pay for an item. It's much like diamonds. Everyone wants one but when it comes right down to buying it usually another stone will do!
Dishonest dealers sometime make a good living on what new jewelry makers don't know so the only weapon is experience. The more you work with the stones, the more knowledgeable you will become. Work with a reputable dealer and, if you don't get what you paid for, bring it back!
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