"Utah Turquoise"

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"Utah Turquoise"

Utah turquoise is not turquoise at all.  It is variscite.  Variscite is hydrated aluminum phosphate, a rare mineral. It tends to be green in color, whereas turquoise tends toward the blue part of the color spectrum.

Variscite was originally discovered in Germany but has been sold in the U.S. as "Utah Turquoise." This name comes from the fact that much variscite has been mined from the Lucin and Clay Canyon mines in Utah. Neither mine is producing much of this mineral these days. Most variscite now comes from Nevada and typically has black matrix. 

Variscite is a beautiful gemstone in its own right.  It is unlikely that individuals selling it as turquoise are doing so fraudulently. 


 


 

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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