Turquoise is not much harder than the glass that is used to make the windows in your house. Because of this it is recommended that you keep your turquoise jewelry in its own container to avoid it being chipped and damaged by harder stones. Turquoise may fade when exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. Applying sunscreen or hairspray before going out with your turquoise can help to prevent this fading in the color. When you return home and remove the jewelry, wipe it off with a soft dry cloth and put it away until next time.
Common “turquoise imposters” are howlite and magnesite. Howlite is most popular because of its very convincing veins that resemble turquoise. This is the stone most often used to make red or pink or other brightly colored “turquoise.” Howlite is a naturally white stone, as is magnesite, and takes well to dyeing. Turquoise will always be more expensive than these other stones, so don’t make the mistake of paying turquoise prices for non-turquoise items.
Jewelry cleaners, chemicals, and the chemistry of your own skin can cause changes to natural turquoise. Turquoise has copper in it, and just as copper gains a patina over time due to chemical changes, turquoise can change as well. Some turquoise is even waxed or oiled to give it a better shine and make it more appealing. This is not frowned upon as it does not change the make up of the stone. However, when the stone is exposed to heat or the sun this waxing or oiling may cause a blooming effect or eventually leave a white film on the stone that clouds the color. Don’t fear, this can be remedied and does not hurt the stone.
So don’t go to the beach with your turquoise necklace. If you suspect that the stone may have been dyed, don’t get it wet at a pool or anything. Even sweat may cause the dye of the stone to stain your skin, so be careful. There are non-damaging ways to tell if your turquoise is real, however none of them can be done at home unless you are a gemologist. The methods require a microscope or jewelers loupe and a knowledge of the structure of the stone as opposed to a fake.
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That's all for tonight, folks. I will try to post other care information this coming week. I hope this helped!