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2016 Fashion Jewelry Trend – Modern Turquoise Jewelry

2016 Fashion Jewelry Trend – Modern Turquoise Jewelry


According to many fashion magazine sources one of the biggest trends in the last 5 years has been Turquoise.  There have been trends for the classic Southwestern style Turquoise jewelry caused by Ralph Lauren, John Mayer, and other celebrities and celebrity designers.  However, it is changing as many fashion designers incorporate Turquoise into their style of jewelry.

Turquoise and Solitaire with accents are one of jewelry’s most classic combinations, long associated with Native American artisans and a Southwestern style aesthetic. But the distinctive stone suddenly has a fresh new look as designers incorporate it into modern settings and pair it with gold, pearls and diamonds.

You will see more and more modern jewelry using Turquoise.  It sure does look neat and adds a new dimension to the public’s perception of one of jewelry’s most popular gemstones. Get you Modern Turquoise Jewelry on.

Turquoise Rings

Turquoise Rings Are Timeless


Turquoise Ring with Royston Turquoise The Turquoise Ring is priceless and has been considered high fashion since the time of the Pharoahs.  Today the version of the Turquoise ring that is popular is the large dinner ring.  Many famous people including Movie Stars, Musicians, and others are wearing large sterling silver dinner rings or large 14k gold Turquoise rings.  During the times of the Pharoahs, most Turquoise Rings were made from yellow gold.  During the early years of the popularity of the Turquoise Ring most of the rings were made with light blue or “Robin’s Egg” blue Turquoise.  This color of Turquoise, with not matrix or patterning was considered to be the highest grade. Today Turquoise Rings are made with all types of Turquoise from lime green to deep blue Turquoise as used in Bisbee Turquoise Rings.

About Turquoise Rings

Turquoise RingsWhether you prefer a gold Turquoise Ring or a silver Turquoise Ring it is sure that you can agree that when you wear your Turquoise rings they make you feel happy and bright.  Turquoise rings make people feel cheerful and positive and have been said by many cultures to be good luck as well as protective objects.  Every Tibetan has at least on piece of Turquoise and most have a Turquoise Ring. Most Native American peoples have at least one piece of Turquoise and most of them have many pieces include several Turquoise Rings.  This is true also, for some people of all cultural backgrounds.  Many people start with one cheap Turquoise ring or piece of jewelry and end up collecting many highend Turquoise Rings and other Turquoise Jewelry.  Turquoise Jewelry and especially Turquoise Rings are very addictive and fun to collect.

Turquoise rings come in all shapes and sizes.  Many people thing a Turquoise Ring made from sterling silver looks much better then a Turquoise ring made with yellow gold.  That is simple a matter of opinion.  Most jewelers like all colors of Turquoise in all colors of metal.   Many Turquoise rings have been made out of silver, gold and copper.  Some cheap Turquoise rings have been made from pot metal and brass, and usually feature synthetic Turquoise or Turquoise that has been stabilized or colored.

Royston Turquoise Ring  If you are looking for a high quality Turquoise ring we suggest you visit Durango Silver Company.  You can find a high quality Turquoise ring with natural Turquoise at .  All of the Turquoise rings on the Durango Silver Company website are handmade and feature natural American Turquoise or natural Tibetan Turquoise.  Durango Silver Company specializes in American Turquoise rings and carries Turquoise rings with Bisbee Turquoise, Blue Gem Turquoise, Blue Wind Turquoise, Cerrillos Turquoise, Kingman Turquoise, Manassa Turquoise, Pilot Mountain, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Morenci Turquoise, Lone Mountain Turquoise, Tortoise Turquoise, Damele Turquoise, Tibetan Turquoise and many more varieties.  A couple of their most popular Turquoise Rings are the Royston Turquoise Ring, the Blue Gem Turquoise Ring, the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Ring, the Bisbee Turquoise ring, the Pilot Mountain Turquoise Ring and the Tortoise Turquoise ring.  Make sure you check out all the Turquoise rings for that special one.

We hope you learned a little about Turquoise Rings 

Thank you for reading and learning about Turquoise Rings, we hope this will help you with the purchase of your next Turquoise ring.

Native American Turquoise Jewelry

Native American Turquoise Jewelry

Native American Turquoise JewelryNative American Turquoise Jewelry is an American heritage that began around 1865 when a Navajo Blacksmith by the name of Atsidi Sani learned how to work with Silver from the Spaniards. It is believed that Atsidi Sani incorporated Turquoise into his Silver Jewelry around 1870 as Turquoise Jewelry was already being made into adornments by the Santo Domingo Indians and traded to the Navajos and it was very important to the Navajo.

Durango Silver Company has just completed two great new informational page on Native American Turquoise Jewelry that you are certain to appreciate, check them out!

Native American Turquoise Jewelry has developed substantially in the last 150 years as the Native American Indians of the Southwest have been very prolific in creating Native American Turquoise Jewelry and the market for their Jewelry has been nothing short of remarkable.

Quality Native American Turquoise Jewelry

The quality of Native American Turquoise Jewelry has never been better than it is today. Native American Silver and Goldsmiths have made unbelievable progress in the development of their trade due to modern tools, demand for quality by the buyers and their own desires to be the best in their trade.

Native American Turquoise Jewelry – The Turquoise

The Turquoise in Native American Turquoise Jewelry is an important discussion! There were absolutely high times for the production of quality Turquoise which was approximately 1930 – 1980. Native American Turquoise Jewelry had become a major market which encouraged individuals to hunt for new Turquoise deposits in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, they did and they found many wonderful Turquoise deposits. The Native American Turquoise Jewelry market grew exponentially from 1930 to date but many changes have come, the biggest was the Chinese Turquoise entering into the marketplace. This has had a major impact as most of the Native American Turquoise Jewelry you see today has Chinese Turquoise in it. The other fact is that the quality of Chinese Turquoise has seriously taken a dive for the worst and now they are even making Turquoise from cement! At the 2011 Tucson Gem Show the word from the Chinese Turquoise dealers was that the Chinese government had put a 3-5 year moratorium on the mining of Turquoise.

In addition, due to the tough mining policies of the U.S. government, Turquoise mining in the U.S. has fallen to an all time low. The once stock piles of authentic Turquoise are diminishing quickly. Quality Native American Turquoise Jewelry depends on high quality authentic Turquoise and we can see trouble coming soon.

There is no question that high quality Native American Turquoise Jewelry with high quality natural authentic Turquoise is about to become very valuable and highly collectible by the wealthy. Silver and Gold have sky rocketed, Turquoise is sky rocketing unbelievably and the desire for handmade products and quality American made products is on the rise.

There are very few Native American Turquoise Jewelry dealers that focus on authentic American Turquoise as most are trying to compete with the China syndrome. Check out Durango Silver Company as well as their Turquoise Jewelry Learning Center, they are totally dedicated to quality and authenticity as well as being a family owned business located in the heart of Turquoise Country – Durango, Colorado USA and specifically deal in quality Native American Turquoise Jewelry.


Zuni Petit Point Jewelry

Zuni Petit Point Jewelry

Zuni Petit Point Jewelry

Zuni Native American jewelry is some of the most famous Native American jewelry worldwide. Zuni Petit Point jewelry or Zuni Petite Point Jewelry is some of the jewelry that made the Zuni Indians famous jewelers. Zuni Indians are known for their intricate work and attention to detail, Zuni Petit Point Jewelry is definately a good example of this.

Indians in the Southwest who are especially known for their jewelry are the Zuni, Hopi, and Navajo peoples. The Zuni are known for their very intricate stonework and almost never do plain silver jewelry. The most traditional Zuni style of jewelry is called petit point, which can be identified by tiny turquoise stones each supported in its own bezel, or metal “sleeve.” It is extremely time-consuming work and is very delicate in appearance. The Zunis are known for using sterling silver and natural turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty Mine. The work is priced by the amount of handiwork, not the weight of the silver or the value of the turquoise.

Zuni Petit Point Jewelry

Antique Zuni Petit Point Jewelry

Zuni Petit point Jewelry began around 1920-1930 and was a unique form of Turquoise Jewelry created by  the Zuni Indians. A Petit Point stone is a tiny round, oval, rectangle, pear or square shaped stone  hand cut by a Zuni Indian Lapidarist. Zuni Petit Point Jewelry is unique  to the Zuni Indian Artisans and not made anywhere else in the world. It is special Jewelry that is  impressive wearable art.  The Zuni’s make Petit Point Rings, Earrings,  Bracelets, Pendants, Necklace Sets and more.

Modern Zuni Petit Point Jewelry

The Zuni Indian reservation is along the western of New Mexico near the border of Arizona . The Zuni Indians and their ancestors have been making jewelry for over 1,000 years. The first Zuni Indian to learn to work with silver was Lanyade around 1872  learning from the Navajo.  Many of the designs of Zuni Indian jewelry have not changed over the years.  Zuni Indians are known for their intricate stone cutting: petit point, needle point, inlay and detailed stone carvings known as fetishes.

Needle point –Turquoise cut in long narrow or elongated stones set in delicate bezels is called needle point. Turquoise jewelry with pear shape cut gems is known as petite point. Gems that have been cut and tightly set and inlaid into silver jewelry is known as “inlay”. This is a skill of intricate small stonework especially with pieces with smaller tightly fitting gems and settings.

Petit point – Turquoise or small stones are cut into egg-shape, oval or pear-shape gems set clusters or rows with stones and settings symmetrical.

Inlay – this technique predates European arrival and is small stones or shell cut and set into channels of silver or mosaic inlaid together and set into jewelry. The inlay can be flat, raised, etched or sculpted.

Today Zuni Needle Point or Zuni Petit Point Jewelry is still very popular and Zuni Petit Point Jewelry really hasn’t changed much. Over the years the other styles of Zuni Jewelry has changed a lot, however Zuni Petit Point Jewelry has stayed classic and true to it’s self.

Thank you for reading our brief Turquoise News about Zuni Petit Point Jewelry.

How To Care For Turquoise Jewelry

How To Care For Turquoise Jewelry


how to care for turquoise jewelryTurquoise is a pretty and captivating gemstone which looks adorable when worn as jewelry. The grace and subtle appeal of Turquoise is beyond any comparison. Turquoise Jewelry has a mass appeal for many reasons including the fact that it reminds people of the sky and water. Turquoise jewelry in sterling silver looks great when paired up with any style of dress. So, taking proper care of such a magnificent stone is actually important and it is easy to learn how to care for Turquoise Jewelry. If you have your jewelry box accented with this world class gemstone, Turquoise, you need to learn how to care for Turquoise jewelry in order to keep it looking new and shiny forever. Some say Turquoise is soft, porous stone and it requires soft handling. This is not entirely true.  Turquoise is soft according to the mohs scale, however, it is very sturdy and easy to care for if it is high grade Turquoise or if it is stabilized Turquoise. It is not prone to scratches unless you are extremely hard on it. Cleaning sterling silver jewelry made up with Turquoise is simple and you can do it at home.

 Cleaning Turquoise Jewelry

 The first thing you need learn when thinking about how to care for Turquoise jewelry or any other piece of jewelry for that matter is that THE BETTER YOU TAKE CARE OF IT, the less you have to worry about how to care for Turquoise Jewelry or other jewelry.  In other words, treat it like it is something special and valuable, do not treat it like a cheap pair of socks or a throw away plastic bag.  When you are thinking of how to care for Turquoise jewelry the first thing to think of is what not to do.  First do not wear your Turquoise Jewelry or any other jewelry you value when you are participating in extreme sports, sitting in the hot tube or pool, exercising, or participating in hard manual labor. Keeping this in mind you can then move on to how to care for Turquoise Jewelry.

How to care for Turquoise Jewelry – Storage


How to care for Turquoise Jewelry best when it is not being worn is easy.  Always store your Turquoise Jewelry in a Ziplock style plastic bag. By keeping your Turquoise Jewelry or silver jewelry in seperate plastic bags when you are not wearing it, you will keep it from being scratched and from tarnishing. We have also been told that you can keep you Turquoise Jewelry or Silver Jewelry in a sealed porceline container to keep it from tarnishing. Make sure you share this tip on how to care for Turquoise Jewelry with your friends and family.

How to care for Turquoise Jewelry – How to Clean Turquoise Jewelry


Depending on how you like your Turquoise Jewelry to look will determine how to care for Turquoise Jewelry when it comes to cleaning and tarnishing.  Some folks like their Turquoise Jewelry and Silver Jewelry to look vintage and to have a dark patina to it, some like it to have a medium or sort of brushed look, some like it extremely shiny.  If you like your Turquoise Jewelry to look vintage and have a dark or tarnished appearance, then you do not need to much about how to care for Turquoise Jewelry, you just need to wear and enjoy.  If you like your Turquoise jewelry to have a medium tarnish or brushed look you just need to know a simple trick to how to care for Turquoise you own.  You need to buy 0000 grade steal wool and when you jewelry gets too dark just rub it down with the steal wool until it is back where you like it.  If you like you silver jewelry or Turquoise jewelry shiny, then you need to be very careful to pay attention to how to care for Turquoise jewelry you own.  You will need to rub down you jewelry with a jewelers cloth everytime you wear it, before you put it in ziplock bags to store it.  Never use silver dips to clean you Turquoise jewelry.


 We hope this has helped you with the basics of how to care for Turquoise Jewelry.

Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry

Some of the world’s rarest Turquoise Jewelry is Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry


Bisbee Turquoise is one of the hardest turquoise stones to find.  To discerning Turquoise jewelry lovers, Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry is recognizable by its true blue color and rich chocolate brown matrix. 

High grade Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet Jewelry

High Grade Natural Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet

As you can see in the Bisbee Turquoise peice to the left, Bisbee Turquoise displays some interesting matrix patterns.  This gorgeous brownish red matrix mixed with the true blue is what Bisbee Turquoise is know for and what people look for in Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry.

Bisbee Turquoise can also come in green, can be seen with very little matrix, or with a lot of matrix.  Having said this, the most popular look of Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry is with Bisbee Turquoise cabochons that have a fair amount of matrix.  This is due to the fact that it makes it easy to tell that the stone is definately from Bisbee, Arizona USA.  There is no other Turquoise in the world that has matrix that looks like the matrix in Bisbee Turquoise.  The chocolate brown to red matrix and the true blue color are un-mistakeable to any collector of Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry or Bisbee Turquoise.

Many Discerning Turquoise Jewelry Collectors Search For Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry


Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry cabochon Bisbee turquoise is one of the hardest turquoise stones to find.  To discerning turquoise jewelry lovers, Bisbee turquoise is recognizable by its true blue color and rich chocolate brown matrix. As it sometimes happens, Bisbee turquoise can show up without some of its more characteristic elements.   The Bisbee turquoise pictured is a freeform Bisbee blue American turquoise cabochon. The stone came from the Bisbee, Arizona, mines more than 35 years ago.  It was cut from the Cecil Mickelson Collection, which was acquired by the Durango Silver Comany.  Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Co. handcut the stone, which measures approximately 23mm long x 21mm wide and nearly 4mm thick. 

But it’s green, a rarely known specimen from the Bisbee mines!  

For more on the rarity of Bisbee turquoise, read its short history that shorted supply and increased demand. 


When in Durango, be sure to visit Durango Silver Company for an upfront view of their current and vintage collections of authentic Bisbee turquoise jewelry. 

For more on the rarity of Bisbee turquoise, read its short history that shorted supply and increased demand. 


When in Durango, be sure to visit Durango Silver Company for an upfront view of their current and vintage collections of authentic Bisbee turquoise jewelry. 

Durango Silver Company – Authentic Turquoise Jewelry

There’s a place in the Southwest where it is known you can find Authentic Turquoise Jewelry called The Four Corners, where the  four states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico come together at one point on the ground.   Seventy-five miles from this point is the Durango Silver Company, where four turquoise assets–jewelry, craftmanship, great deals, good service–come together for jewelry lovers traveling the Southwest.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry


Authentic Turquoise Jewelry

14k Gold Bisbee Turquoise and Ruby Ring

The Durango Silver Company is a family business, owned and operated by the Hartmans. John and Estell, their son, Dillon, and his wife, Nattarika, are family members that create jewelry, cut stones and beads, and market the families jewelry. Recently Crystal Hartman has begun to make Turquoise Jewelry with the family as well. Durango Silver Company has been making Authentic Turquoise Jewelry since the 1970s.

The Hartmans operate on a fully integrated business model for their turquoise jewelry business. That’s to say, they own the mines, they do the digs, they polish the stones, they craft the turquoise into stunning jewelry, and retail it to you—lucky customer—in their silver and turquoise jewelry gallery.

The gallery is a treasure trove of turquoise jewelry, from traditional Navajo designs to Southwest style contemporary pieces by local artists.

You will find authentic Turquoise jewelry in every style including some very modern designs that have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Glamour Magazine, and Ralph Lauren Magazine


The turquoise is authentic. Bisbee, Morenci, Fox, Blue Gem, Number Eight, Royston, Royston Ribbon, and Spiderweb are among the high quality turquoise specimens from which the turquoise designs are made.

The Hartmans also do business in trade with Native American craftsmen who make Authentic Turquoise Jewelry. When not fashioning their own turquoise into their own designs, the Hartmans are trading with Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and other Native American tribes for their best authentic turquoise jewelry creations.

A visit to The Four Corners region of the beautiful Southwest would not be complete without a stop in Durango.

By the way, Oprah visited Durango and loved it! Here come the crowds from New York!


For Authentic Turquoise Jewelry


The Durango Silver Company welcomes you and is waiting to service your every turquoise desire.

For more, visit
The Durango Silver Company
17897 U.S. Highway 160
Durango, Colorado 81301
970 375-2401

Thank you for reading this article on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry by Lorraine Yapps Cohen.

The Squash Blossom Necklace is a Native American Indian Classic

If you’re a jewelry fan, you probably like turquoise. If you’re attracted to cultural jewelry, you probably like Native American designs.

Bear Claw and Stormy Mountain Turquoise Squash BlossomIf you live in–or have the pleasure of visiting — America’s Southwest, you will undoubtedly encounter Native American turquoise jewelry. If any of those things are true for you, then I predict you will fall in love with the Squash Blossom Necklace.

What is a squash blossom necklace?

Native American Indians create jewelry that has a certain look. Designs are typically made with turquoise and silver. Turquoise cabochons that are bezel-set in silver make it into bracelets, conchos, earrings, and necklaces.

A necklace fashioned with certain elements of a squash plant flower is a Squash Blossom Necklace. Whether the necklace resembles the flower is in the eye of the beholder. See a photo comparison here and decide for yourself.

Green Manassa Turquoise Squash BlossomElements of the squash blossom design

The naja, a Navajo word meaning ‘crescent,’ is an incomplete circle serving as a pendant in the necklace. The curved, open design may have been influenced by the horse bridles of Spaniards who occupied the Southwest, who in turn might have been influenced by early Moorish designs. It is important to note that the open pendant is not the ‘squash blossom’ part of the design.

The squash blossom comes in on the necklace part of the necklace, specifically in the beads that make up the rest of the piece. The ‘bead’ is turquoise, more correctly described as a turquoise cabochon (or cab) in a bezel setting.

Soldered onto one side of each cab are three separate pieces of silver, serving as the petals of the blossom. This is where creativity enters the design of each ‘blossom’ bead. The silver petals may be small or long and thin, wispy or substantial, but always three silver petals will emanate from each turquoise bead.

Completing the blossom on the opposite side is a shank. The shank is drilled, forming a hole through which the blossom beads are strung to form a necklace. Often, the blossom bead has no shank, the hole for stringing being drilled right through the turquoise bead or cab.

zuni petit point squash blossom necklaceCreative Variety

No squash blossom necklace is like any other. Every squash blossom necklace is unique and made by hand by a Native American Indian of Navajo, Zuni, or Pueblo descent.

Stones used are authentic turquoise of the many mined varieties of turquoise there are in the Southwest, including Sleeping Beauty, Bisbee, Royston, Broken Arrow, and many, many others.

Sterling silver is the precious metal of choice. The finished jewelry is usually stamped as such (with ‘925’ or ‘sterling’) including the initials of the artist. When buying such a piece, be sure to ask what the initials stand for, so that you know the full name of the Native American creator of your splendid Squash Blossom Necklace.


Article by Lorrain Yapps Cohen

Designer Advises Jewelers to Use White Turquoise

White Buffalo Turquoise NecklaceI’m a jewelry designer. My designs made with stones of white turquoise fly out of the galleries of the Southwest. The stone makes for incredibly attractive necklaces, earrings, and rings and more.  White Turquoise is wonderful to work with as it goes with anything. Pieces fashioned from the stone sell so well the ink on the pricetag doesn’t dry. Jewelry makers would do well to stoke their creations with the stone, but beware when buying supply: Not all that is white stone with a black matrix is white turquoise.

White turquoise is a stone that can be mistaken for howlite or magnesite. Here’s what I know about the difference between them.

The real white turquoise is not turquoise-colored at all but a white stone with a black matrix. I like to think white turquoise is turquoise before it turned blue and absorbed all that copper over the eons of geologic time. Chemically speaking, turquoise is CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O. Understandably speaking, turquoise is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminum, and gets its familiar blue color from the copper. So, if somebody dug up the turquoise before the copper settled in, it would be colorless, hence white turquoise. Right?

White Tortoise Turquoise

White Turquoise from the Tortoise Turquoise mine in Nevada

The real white turquoise is from the Dry Creek Mine in Nevada. Discovered on the Shoshone Indian Reservation in the 1990s, the tribes there didn’t make much jewelry from the white turquoise found litereally in their backyards. The Navajo and Zuni, being master crafters of turquoise jewelry, put the white turquoise to work in their creations much the same as their turquoise-colored turquoise. They called the white variety “sacred buffalo turquoise” because it was as rare as a white buffalo. Or as rare as a plain buffalo for that matter, because as far as I know, there hasn’t been a buffalo sighted in the Navajo Nation for decades. But what do I know.

Howlite is also a white stone with a black matrix. A calcium borosilicate hydroxide, chemically it is Ca2B5SiO9(OH)5. And how did howlite get its name? After Henry, the Nova Scotian geologist, that’s Henry How. Howlite is the white stone often dyed blue and “substituted for turquoise by unscrupulous jewelry dealers” (according to Charlotte Kuchinsky in her AC article, “Howlite: Uncovering the Duality of the Gemstone“). So, if howlite looks like turquoise before the techs turned it blue in the lab, maybe howlite is the stuff in the ground that’s turquoise before copper turned it blue. No. You don’t need to know any chemistry to see that the chemical formulae for turquoise and howlite are sufficiently different, with or without the copper (Cu), to be very different rocks from one another.Magnesite is yet another white stone with a black matrix. A carbonate of magnesium, magnesite is MgCO3, and is named after, well, magnesium the element. And the only thing it has in common with white turquoise and howlite is that it is yet another white stone with a black matrix.

Wild Horse White Turquoise

Wild Horse from Arizona, USA

So where’s all that difference between the fakes and the real thing? The fact is that they are all beautiful white stones with a black matrix and none of them are fakes for a white stone with a black matrix. What you call them may be the same or may be different. Call them what you will. Call them by whatever the seller said they were. The fact is you’ll never know if they’re different from what somebody says they are or what you bought them as. Oh, you can pulverize your necklace and put it through an elemental analysis to know whether you have white turquoise, howlite, or magnesite. For myself, I’d rather have the necklace and enjoy it for the beauty I bought it for.
I do know that the white turquoise I have as my jewelry supply was sold to me as white turquoise. I do not know what ground, mine, or country it came from before it was sold to me. And I didn’t think of asking, being the trusting soul that I am. The stones were gorgeous, the white ones in a black matrix, and I paid a fair price for the rather ample supply I purchased (although I paid an unfair price for the airline’s over-limit weight charges to get it on the plane).

Lovely to look at and interesting to wear, all of them–white turquoise, howlite, and magnesite– were created equal in the eyes of Mother Earth and destined to display their majesty through the artistry of jewelers who see lovely white stones with a black matrix and call them beautiful.

Written by Lorrain Yapps Cohen

Green Turquoise Jewelry

Broken Arrow Green Turquoise

Learn A Little About Green Turquoise Jewelry

According to, green is the currently fashionable color for fine jewelry and fashionable jewelry accessories. Green is the color; turquoise is the stone. Maybe. For us Turquoise fans it is definately Green Turquoise.

Natural green turquoise occurs in colors ranging from blue to green, often with a black matrix or black veining. A known natural green turquoise is Broken Arrow turquoise, sourced from the Otteson family’s Nevada mine. It’s different from other domestic turquoise sources in that the turquoise isn’t turquoise-colored, it’s green.

Some green turquoise gets its green from color treatments of howlite and magnesite, both white stones with a black matrix. In their natural state, howlite and magnesite closely resemble authentic white turquoise. When dyed, the stones take on a green color that is indistinguishable from natural green turquoise color by the casual observer. To a professional natural green Turquoise is obviously different looking from the colored product of synthetic green Turquoise jewelry.

There are tests to determine whether green turquoise is natural or dyed. The tests, however, are destructive. Whether green turquoise is natural or color treated, the stones are interesting natural lapidary sources for turquoise jewelry.

The necklace of green turquoise shown in the photo is fashioned from stones sold as ‘green turquoise.’ It is at the discretion of viewers to decide whether the green color is real or fashioned from alternative stones and man-made treatments, or whether the source of the green even matters. For this jewelry designer and gemstone writer, it’s about the design. I like the lovely green color however it got there! Do you?

Green Turquoise Jewelry

by Lorraine Yapps Cohen