All, I have read several times about turquoise being stabilized. I
just thought I would tell you I found some a local miner claims is
not stabilized. He uses a piece to scratch his windshield to show how
hard it is. I have several chunks of it waiting for me to come up
with a jewelry idea so I can cut it to the correct size and shape. I
have polished a couple of pieces and they proved to be hard and took
a polish quite well. I polished some real small pieces I got at an
estate sale and they were almost gone before I could get them shaped
they were so soft.
I just thought I would tell you I found a supply that is hard and
easy to work with and does not have a plastic look. I have seen it in
light blue to robin egg blue and even blue with dark green mixed in.
I saw one four inch piece that was a nice dark blue with a sea foam
shape. I would like to find a small one like it to make a ring out
I do not know if rough turquoise is normally easy to come by or is as
hard as this stuff is. I do not use turquoise and the only stuff I
have to compare to is the soft stuff from the estate sale. If any one
cares to enlighten me I will not be offended, I have no real
experience in turquoise.
Grand Junction, CO.