Is Your Jewelry Box Full of Genuine Turquoise or Fake Turquoise?

We all have those treasured pieces handed down from our mom or grandmother. Sometimes it’s hard to know if pieces are real or costume. While nothing can replace the sentimental value of those things, if you’re considering having them repurposed into a piece you can wear, or if it’s broken and you want to have it repaired, knowing if it’s genuine or not could come in handy.

Turquoise Copper Cuff Bracelet
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Whether you’re looking to find out more about an inherited piece or thinking about purchasing some pieces yourself, educate yourself on how to tell the difference. If purchasing yourself, think about it, which would you rather have if pricing was close to the same, an original Louis Vuitton bag or a knockoff?  Crazy question, right?  But with gemstones, many people are walking around with imitations, thinking it’s the real thing.  Because of its popularity, turquoise is one of the most copied stones around. If you are ready to make a purchase, how can you tell if turquoise is real?

I’ve always had a fascination with turquoise.  Maybe because of fond, childhood memories of pieces my mother purchased on our travels out west.  I would stand next to her at the counter of some small shop along the road, amazed at the beautiful and unique stones.  Each had its own veining and color variations.

What a Compliment

A gentleman, visiting my table at an event, studied the trays filled with pendants.  He looked at me and said, “It’s good to see someone who has real turquoise.”  My first thought was, “What an amazing compliment.”  My second thought was, “What a shame …read more.

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