THE MINERAL TURQUOISE


Turquoise is a valuable mineral and is possibly the most valuable, non-transparent (non-metal) mineral in the jewelry trade.

It has been mined for eons since at least 6000 BC. by early Egyptians. Its history also includes beautiful ornamental creations by Native Americans and Persians. Its popularity is still quite strong today.

Although crystals of any size are rare, some small crystals have been found in Virginia and elsewhere. Most specimens are cryptocrystalline, meaning that the crystals could only be seen by a microscope.

The finest turquoise comes from Iran but is challenged by some southwestern United States specimens.

Turquoise is often imitated by "fakes", such as the mineral chrysocolla, and poorer turquoise specimens are often dyed or color stabilized with coatings of various resins. The name comes from a French word which means stone of Turkey, from where Persian material passed on its way to Europe.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Color is of course, turquoise, but this color actually varies from greenish blue to sky blue shades.
  • Luster is dull to waxy, vitreous in macro-crystals.
  • Transparency specimens are opaque.
  • Crystal System is triclinic; bar 1
  • Crystal Habits include crystals rarely large enough to see, usually massive, cryptocrystalline forms as nodules and veinlets.
  • Cleavage is perfect in two direction, but is not often seen.
  • Fracture is conchoidal and smooth.
  • Hardness is 5 - 6
  • Specific Gravity is approximately 2.6 - 2.8 (average)
  • Streak is white with a greenish tint.
  • Associated Minerals are pyrite. limonite. quartz and clays.
  • Other Characteristics: color can change with exposure to skin oils.
  • Notable Occurances include Arizona and New Mexico, USA; Australia; Iran; Afghanistan and other locallities in the Middle East.
  • Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, hardness, luster, color and associations.

Turquoise Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Acrylic Integrated Cross Necklace - Moon and Lola - Turquoise
Moon and LolaAcrylic Integrated Cross NecklaceDetails14-karat yellow gold fill.Integrated acrylic cross pendant.Delicate chain necklace.16inL with 3in chain extender.1inL pendant.Spring ring clasp.Made in USA.Designer About Moon & Lola:...Only $53.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoAcrylic Integrated Cross Necklace - Moon and Lola - Turquoise
$53.00
Neiman Marcus
riviera garden earrings, turquoise - kate spade new york - Turquoise
kate spade new yorkriviera garden earrings, turquoiseDetails12-karat yellow gold plate.Milky, turquoise-colored faceted crystals.Post backs. 2 1/4inL.Imported.Designer About kate spade new york:In 1993, former magazine accessories editor Kate Brosnahan...Only $47.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoriviera garden earrings, turquoise - kate spade new york - Turquoise
$47.00
Neiman Marcus
Large Multi-Stone Scarab Ring, Blue - Stephen Dweck - Blue (7)
Stephen DweckLarge Multi-Stone Scarab Ring, BlueDetailsBronze Stephen Dweck scarab bug ring with textured finish.Marquise-cut blue topaz, faceted translucent natural quartz laid over abalone, polished turquoise cabochons.Doubled band with split...Only $495.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoLarge Multi-Stone Scarab Ring, Blue - Stephen Dweck - Blue (7)
$495.00
Neiman Marcus
Somerville Necklace - Moon and Lola - Turquoise
Moon and LolaSomerville NecklaceDetailsShiny acrylic integrated pendant detailed with golden script in name of your choosing.14-karat yellow gold fill.Delicate chain necklace.16inL with 3in chain extender.1 1/2inL pendant.Spring ring clasp.Made in...Only $60.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSomerville Necklace - Moon and Lola - Turquoise
$60.00
Neiman Marcus
Art Smith by BARSE Turquoise Statement Ring, Womens
A soft, elliptical shape gives this eye-catching, turquoise ring a unique look. Dotted brass metalwork along the shank and surrounding the stone lend a cool, vintage feel. Metal: BrassStones: Genuine turquoiseGallery Height: 11mmGemstones may be...Only $72.90 at jcpenney
no photoArt Smith by BARSE Turquoise Statement Ring, Womens
$72.90
jcpenney
Via Collection Synthetic Turquoise and Crystal Drop Earrings
True-blue beauties from our Via Collection! These synthetic turquoise cabochons are wrapped with blue and white crystals in a contrasting setting. Clip-on, black-rhodiumed brass earrings.Only $93.75 at Ross-Simons
no photoVia Collection Synthetic Turquoise and Crystal Drop Earrings
$93.75
Ross-Simons
Sterling Silver Rock Candy Lollipop Ring in Black Onyx - Ippolita - Silver (8)
IppolitaSterling Silver Rock Candy Lollipop Ring in Black OnyxDetailsThe natural color variations of this ring's turquoise setting is the perfect complement to graceful artistry and carefully considered details.From the Ippolita Rock Candy...Only $495.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSterling Silver Rock Candy Lollipop Ring in Black Onyx - Ippolita - Silver (8)
$495.00
Neiman Marcus
Nouveau Beaded Multi-Stone 5-Row Ring - Stephen Dweck - Pink/Blue (7)
Stephen DweckNouveau Beaded Multi-Stone 5-Row RingDetails5-banded Stephen Dweck ring.Sterling silver with beaded finish.Faceted rose quartz, rock crystal, turquoise, and blue topaz.1inW.Made in USA.Designer About Stephen Dweck:Known as The Romancer of...Only $795.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoNouveau Beaded Multi-Stone 5-Row Ring - Stephen Dweck - Pink/Blue (7)
$795.00
Neiman Marcus
Rimmed Script Necklace - Moon and Lola - Turquoise
Moon and LolaRimmed Script Necklace DetailsRound, shiny acrylic shapes encircled three script initials of your choosing; listed first, last, middle.14-karat yellow gold fill.Delicate chain necklace.16inL with 3in chain extender.1 5/8inL pendant.Spring...Only $98.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoRimmed Script Necklace - Moon and Lola - Turquoise
$98.00
Neiman Marcus
Art Smith by BARSE Turquoise Framed Round Earrings, Womens
Turn a classic style on its head with these fresh, turquoise earrings featuring a round shape and vintage-inspired, brass framework. Metal: BrassStones: Genuine turquoiseBack: WireLength: 23mmGemstones may be treated and may require special...Only $72.90 at jcpenney
no photoArt Smith by BARSE Turquoise Framed Round Earrings, Womens
$72.90
jcpenney
Turquoise Constellation Ring - Ippolita
IppolitaTurquoise Constellation RingHighlightsStar-like stones unite this multi-banded ring by Ippolita.Hammered sterling silver setting catches the light.Faceted turquoise stones set in bezels on face.Multiple bands on sides.5/8inW.Imported.Designer...Only $495.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoTurquoise Constellation Ring - Ippolita
$495.00
Neiman Marcus
Stella Ring in Turquoise & Diamonds, 0.12 - Ippolita - Silver (6)
IppolitaStella Ring in Turquoise & Diamonds, 0.12DetailsRadiant white diamonds and the collection's signature sterling silver lend this timely Ippolita ring timeless elegance.From the Rock Candy Collection.Signature Ippolita hand-hammered sterling...Only $595.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoStella Ring in Turquoise & Diamonds, 0.12 - Ippolita - Silver (6)
$595.00
Neiman Marcus
KJL by KENNETH JAY LANE Simulated Turquoise Octopus Ring, Womens
Take your daily fashion under the sea with a simulated turquoise and gray crystal-encrusted octopus ring. Metal: 20K yellow gold-plated brassStones: Simulated turquoiseOther Stones: Gray crystalsHidden inner band adjusts from sizes 5-8.Gemstones may be...Only $114.56 at jcpenney
no photoKJL by KENNETH JAY LANE Simulated Turquoise Octopus Ring, Womens
$114.56
jcpenney
Silver Chevron Reveal Ring, Turquoise - Pamela Love - Silver (7)
Pamela LoveSilver Chevron Reveal Ring, TurquoiseDetailsPoint yourself in the right direction with this Pamela Love chevron ring.Sterling silver.Chevrons detailed with enamel.Turquoise cabochon center.Made in USA.Only $160.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSilver Chevron Reveal Ring, Turquoise - Pamela Love - Silver (7)
$160.00
Neiman Marcus
.30ct t.w. Garnet, Mixed Stone Scarab Trio Ring in Gold Over Sterling
An RS exclusive. This .30 ct. t.w. garnet and mixed stone scarab trio ring showcases three symbolic beetles carved in red agate, synthetic turquoise and lapis, with garnets in the center. 14kt gold over sterling silver ring.Only $65.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo.30ct t.w. Garnet, Mixed Stone Scarab Trio Ring in Gold Over Sterling
$65.00
Ross-Simons

This Site Awarded
Available TURQUOISE specimens:
TURQUOISE specimen TUR-44
$ 90.00 -50% = $ 45.00
Dims: 3.03x1.88x1.59in (7.69x4.77x4.05cm) .... Wt: 6.2oz (175g) .... Loc: Competos Mine, Sonora, Mexico
This turquoise specimen displays both a pale-blue bulk material and numerous small crystals that appear to be transparent blue turquoise crystals. However, there is quite a bit of binder here, generally a transparent plastic to bind a loose specimen together.
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TUR-44
$ 45.00
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TURQUOISE specimen TUR-53
$ 19.00 -20% = $ 15.20
Dims: 1.19x0.91x0.82in (3.02x2.30x2.09cm) .... Wt: 0.71oz (20.0g) .... Loc: Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Most turquoise specimens we see are simple nodules, but this one is a pseudomorph after apatite. It has a nice turquoise color with a surface pattern of some brown mineral that adds contrast.
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TUR-53
$ 15.20
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TURQUOISE specimen TUR-50
$ 25.00 -20% = $ 20.00
Dims: 1.44x1.36x0.56in (3.65x3.45x1.41cm) .... Wt: 0.92oz (26.0g) .... Loc: Turuoise Mountain, Globe, Arizona, USA
This relatively flat nodule also has a brown-green crust over the outside, and a cut base revealing the pretty blue interior.
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TUR-50
$ 20.00
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