Sunday 17 May 2009

How To Distinguish Genuine Turquoise

Turquoise jewelries have gone a long way from ancient Egyptian
tombs to the modern jewelry boxes of today's modern woman. This
only proves that the beauty of turquoise is appreciated over the
years and its elegance is timeless.

If you are born on the month of December, then you are lucky to
have turquoise as your birthstone. If you know someone born on
December, then a turquoise jewelry would definitely be a great
gift idea. Turquoise is such a versatile mineral that jewelers
can transform them into great addition for earrings, bracelets
and necklaces in combination with metal findings and other
precious gems.

If you are a fan of turquoise accessories then you should
definitely know how to distinguish the genuine ones from the
substandard turquoise counterfeits. Take note that turquoise do
come in different grade, therefore it has varying value as well.

Turquoise Colors

Turquoise is an opaque mineral that may come in blue or
blue-green hues. The bluish color of turquoise is more prominent
in the presence of copper. On the other hand, the greenish color
is attributed to aluminum content. In rare types of turquoise,
you may find a yellow green hue, which is related to zinc
deposits. This kind of turquoise is commonly present in selected
areas like Carico and Orivil Lakes in the state of Nevada.

The value and the popularity of turquoise are actually
attributed to the uniqueness of its color. Today there are a lot
of treatments that jewelry makers can use to falsify and dye
low-grade turquoise or other gems to make them similar to the
real ones and sell them for a higher price.

Texture of Turquoise

Turquoise, unlike other kinds of gemstones, is actually a soft
mineral. It forms in stones and rocks that are rich with mineral
deposits. It is actually a water-based stone. It takes a
professional jeweler to transform them into fashionable and
durable accessories since they do not last long enough when used
on gem strings. They can be really sensitive and can break or
crack easily.

Matrix on Turquoise

Since turquoise forms in the presence of rocks, you may notice
some markings of the original rocks in them. There may be
turquoise stones that have some thin lines on it, which is often
referred to as 'spider webbed' turquoise. These linings are also
known as matrix.

On Buying Turquoise Jewelries

As mentioned above, jewelers may use some treatments to enhance
the appearance and durability of turquoise stones. When you are
all set to buy yourself one or to give it as a gift, remember to
check the authenticity of your purchase. As a consumer, you have
the right to inquire about the specific types of treatments that
the turquoise stones have undergone. By law, jewelry store
owners are obliged to disclose this information. Purchasing
turquoise jewelries can really be ecstatic, but don't get
overwhelmed to the hype and excitement. Remember to choose your
jewelry carefully and with caution. Turquoise can really be
expensive and your choice should be really worth the purchase.
So keep your eyes open and look for the signs of authentic
turquoise. With the tips above, you are sure to have enough
information to spot a truly priced addition to your jewelry

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