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Turquoise Color Variations

Turquoise can be found in many colors, including deep blue, light blue, greenish-blue shades, green, and even yellow.  What accounts for this variation?

  • Blue Shades.  The presence of copper in the rock where turquoise forms will result in blue shades.  This is the shade of blue that is most prized and that is denoted when "turquoise" is used as a color.

  • Green Shades.  If a high concentration of iron is present, then the turquoise will take on a green shade. This is due to some iron replacing aluminium in the mineral. 

  • Yellow-Green Shades.  When zinc is present, the turquoise will take on a yellow-green shade.  This is a rare color, found only in a few mines.

  • Yellow "Turquoise."  Yellow "turquoise" is usually a mixture of quartz and jasper.  Yellow serpentine is also sold as turquoise in the marketplace.  It is often confused as turquoise because it can be found in the same mines from which turquoise is taken.

 


 


 

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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