Turquoise(natural),faustite(natural),variscite(natural) & various other (semi)precious cabochons :
Natural, untreated turquoise,variscite,and faustite of natures own design!! GemToneArts (Morning Star Turquoise) offers you a wide variety of natural untreated turquoise (natural stone),variscite(natural),& faustite(natural) in the form of cabochons, jewelry(handmade bead necklaces), and carvings. You will find quality,rare, and unusual cabochons in a variety of sizes and shapes on this page for your jewelry and design needs.
Did you know that the majority of turquoise on the market has been treated? Most of the turquoise for sale has been treated with stabilization,colors,hardeners,and new processes that are hard to recognize. Even though these treatments may prevent turquoise from changing color over time due to skin oils,dish washing & detergents the fact remains they have been treated. A stone that in the beginning was as soft as chalk (and as white) in the end will be as hard & any shade of blue due to being dyed. Some treatments simply stabilize the stone and some newer processes are more sophisticated. Even though treated turquoise is not completely natural it does provide the market with more turquoise at a lower price. Some stabilized turquoise such as( Number 8) still commands a high price and is sought after due to it's beautiful red/brown webbed matrix and is a great addition to any collection or piece of jewelry even though most of what is available has been stabilized. We do offer some of this material due to it's popularity and rarity.
Natural turquoise is the way nature made it. Many of the mines have been mined out over the centuries and decades and natural turquoise is becoming hard to come by.
Here is a quick guide to help you to recognize the different colors of turquoise,faustite and variscite.
1. Turquoise with blue hues is due to a higher percentage of copper.
2. Olive hues is due to a higher percentage of iron.
3. Apple green hues are due to a high percentage of zinc and is known as faustite(a cousin of turquoise). Other times turquoise and faustite will be present in the same stone creating both blue and apple green hues.
4. Variscite is usually has green hues. Also brown colors and sometimes webbing just like turquoise. Variscite colors are due to a high percentage of aluminum and/or iron. variscite forms just like turquoise in nuggets and veins. Variscite is also present or near by in some of the mines of Nevada.
Faustite being the most rare of all these. Of course a natural stone will have a much higher value and its cost usually reflects this as well, but you will always have the joy and pride that what you are wearing is the real thing. Just like diamonds or other gems, natural is much more valuable! So whatever your choice is (natural or treated) have fun and enjoy!
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