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THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS
What causes turquoise to be all different colors?The various shades of turquoise depend on what minerals are present at the site and in the host rock where the turquoise is formed. As a secondary mineral, turquoise can be affected by a range of factors. Therefore, every piece of turquoise is different and special. For example, the presence of copper in the host rock will create a more vibrant blue. However, aluminum may create a greener shade of turquoise. This is also why turquoise from the same mine can be two completely different colors.
Is it REAL turquoise?We are NOT in the business of FAKING it. If we sell it, it's REAL. We only deal in genuine turquoise, spiny oyster, coral, opal, and other natural stones. Everything for the most part is set in sterling silver - unless it is a vintage piece and will be notated as such.
What is the matrix?In addition to the range of colors, different pieces of turquoise will also have different markings commonly called: veining, spiderwebbing, or the matrix. This is another way in which each piece is different and special. These markings are portions of the host rock from which the turquoise formed. When the turquoise is cut away, the matrix of the other rock remains within the stone, creating an effect that is natural, beautiful and adds character to the stone. Different types of rock create different colored markings. For example, black lines are usually iron pyrite, while brown markings are often iron oxide.
Do you accept custom orders?We do accept custom projects when possible. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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