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Nature’s Imposters

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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