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I love making one of a kind wearable items using the beautiful stones and material that is found mainly in the southwest. After several years of trial and error I have refined my talents to be able to offer some art for sale. I also like searching for unusual pendants and jewelry that I can offer as one of a kind items to you.

I get asked questions about turquoise so this may help.
Buying Turquoise

Experts in the turquoise industry consider density (hardness), depth of color, matrix, and how rare or pedigree from classic mines to determine the value of a particular piece of turquoise. The consumer should choose a piece based on personal taste or what appeals to you. The better informed you are about the different variety the more satisfied you are likely to be with your purchase. i'll list a few of the variety of turquoise…

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  • Born on June 9
  • Joined August 2, 2009

Favorite materials

Turquoise, Sonora Sunrise, Amethyst, Silver, Agates, Quartz, Jasper, Exotic hard woods, anything different

About

I love making one of a kind wearable items using the beautiful stones and material that is found mainly in the southwest. After several years of trial and error I have refined my talents to be able to offer some art for sale. I also like searching for unusual pendants and jewelry that I can offer as one of a kind items to you.

I get asked questions about turquoise so this may help.
Buying Turquoise

Experts in the turquoise industry consider density (hardness), depth of color, matrix, and how rare or pedigree from classic mines to determine the value of a particular piece of turquoise. The consumer should choose a piece based on personal taste or what appeals to you. The better informed you are about the different variety the more satisfied you are likely to be with your purchase. i'll list a few of the variety of turquoise on the market today.

Natural, 100% natural turquoise not treated in any way but can be polished.

Dyed, A color is added to the stone to deepen a stone's color.

Reconstituted, Chips or fragments or pulverized into a powder which is mixed with epoxy to form hard cakes that can be cut.

Stabilized, Low-grade or chalk turquoise is combined with acrylic under pressure to harden and darken the material.

Oil or Waxed, Stone is soaked or "cooked" to deepen it's color.

Imitation, Either pure plastic made to look like turquoise or another type of stone dyed to resemble turquoise (Howelite). Lots of this material out there, especially on the internet. Buyer beware, if the price seems to good to be true it's probably not authenic stone and is probably worth what your paying.

Treating low-grade turquoise may make it more attractive but it's not worth as much as natural, unadulterated gemstone and should be priced accordingly. The Cripple Creek turquoise I use is very old stock from the Burtis Mine in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Not only is the Cripple Creek turquoise beautifully colored and figured it is also very hard for turquoise with hardness of 6.7 to 7.7 on the MOHS scale. Cripple Creek turquoise does not need to be stabilized or dyed and this turquoise is 100% natural with a polish.

Hope this helps you on your buying decisions. If you need any more information or have a question please Convo me. Thank you!

some information taken from the book Turquoise Unearthed by Joe Dan and Joe P. Lowry. A great book for turquoise fans.

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