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Nature's Imposters

Turquoise is often confused with (and thus occasionally substituted with) several other gemstones.  We will refer to these as nature's imposters.  Among the gemstones most likely to be falsely identified (or sold) as turquoise are the following:

  • Amazonite

  • Azurite

  • Chrysocolla

  • Malachite

  • Pectolite

  • Prosopite

  • Variscite

Do these stones resemble turquoise to you?

 

Amazonite:

Azurite:

Chrysocolla:

Malachite:

Pectolite:

Prosopite:

Variscite:


 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States
Other Locations

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMITATIONS

African Turquoise

Block Turquoise

Faience Ceramic
Howlite Turquoise

Natural Imposters

Polymer Clay
Utah Turquoise
Vienna Turquoise

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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