Answers: Spot the Turquoise

Last week, I posted some pics from Marg’s private collection of Turquoise samples, and asked you to spot the fakes. Well- I was being tricksy – because only the last item was actually not turquoise. These beads are synthetic. Everything else was actually genuine turquoise – what was really different is that some of them are stabilized, and some are natural – completely untreated. Turquoise, in it’s natural state, is mostly pretty soft and crumbly, from a cutting and polishing point of view. Not soft from a being-hit-over-the-head point of view, but in terms of cutting out a cabochon, putting …