Identify Fake Turquoise

Identify Fake Turquoise

Because nowadays the fake turquoise products are everywhere, you find them on Ebay, even on some other local notable stores, TurquoiseSky.com has put together a comprehensive article by consolidating online resources. We have also build a fake turquoise corner in our store to show our customer how to identify faked ones.

Fake turquoise pictures we took from fake turquoise corner in our store. See the unusual color and ugly matrix? I bet you will find some fake turquoise around you if you pay attention to the jewelry department in the local mall, in some of the local art fare, etc. Fake turquoise are everywhere!

They are fake:

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Ever since six thousands years ago turquoise has been regarded beautiful and fashionable gemstone, its stunning beauty attracts many jewelery lovers around the world. Nowadays as the majority turquoise mines slowly die out, the fake turquoise, fake turquoise products are everywhere, some are even sold by reputable dealers. From TurquoiseSky's point of view, we suggest buying turquoise from reputable sources, especially these who are experts dealing with turquoise. Before you buy your interested piece of jeweleries, make sure you know which mine the turquoise comes from and who the artists are. Ask them, do they has other related turquoise products, how long have them dealing with turquoise, etc.

You should know which is stabilized, which is natural. In current turquoise market, most turquoise are stabilized before they are used in jewelery. Most fake turquoise can be identified easily by observing its color, matrix, and more importantly, the price of the products. Professional identification services can be obtained by sending turquoise specimen to professional lab.

Fake turquoise pictures from the-vug.com. What will you think if you pay thousands to buy a dyed rock?

They are fake:

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Many turquoise are fakes made of powered turquoise and epoxy around a base of rock, when others are made of a composite of powdered turquoise and glue! There are a lot of unscrupulous local dealers from China will make composite masses of these materials and pass it off as legitimate. Lack of enough turquoise knowledge, a lot people are happy to buy those cheap turquoise and think they have got a good deal. One most common method to make fake turquoise is with dyed howlite, and magnesite. Howlite is also called "buffalo turquoise" and when placed into a bucket with some blue or green dye very nice "turquoise" can be produced. One of the methods to test the fake turquoise if the chunk of the turquoise is a chunk of plastic or dyed by using a heated needle, to see the surface of the turquoise melts or not. The heated needle is able to penetrate some epoxy resin

Some other popular seen fake turquoise jewelries. Check them out and compare with the real ones in our store. You may get some ideas how different they are. 

They are fake:

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Real turquoises and turquoise jewelries from our store. Natural turquoise always has black or brown veins running through it.

They are Real:

 

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Some other good online articles about fake turquoises:

1. Beware - those large chinese turquoise rocks are FAKE!! -- eBay review and guides by norzilla.

2. Natural, Stabilized, Treated, Fake and Synthetic Turquoise-- by Lee Anderson

3. Different types of fake turquoises -- from Pippinbass.com

4. Fakes, Forgeries, and Misrepresentations -- from the-vug.com