I have some that I got at least 20 years ago!!! It is as you
said....indistinguishable from turquoise, except for the color.
The matrix is golden....
As can be the matrix on blue turqoise. Much of the time, if the
matrix is black, it got that way via shoe polish, though not
very beautiful and NOTHING like Howlite or it's grey
matrix. Nor does it have that smooth consistent surface of Howlite.
No one is saying there is lots of it out there. The color has been
leached, or bleached out of the turquoise material. Why is this so
difficult to believe? or is this a classic case of 'seeing is
Now you're taking us for fools. That's unwise in this forum (grin)
If there should be any disbelief, it should be directed at the
absolute junk that is being labeled and sold as turquoise today. I
bet you buy it, set it, and tell your customers.....it's authentic!
If it's junk, I don't buy it. If it's treated, but looks nice and
I have a use for it as such, then I might, but I don’t lie to my
customers. And you CAN still find decent untreated rough, so long as
you’re willing to pay for it. It’s even less common than it was
thirty years ago perhaps, as there are a few more sophisticated
treatments out there that are harder to detect than the common resin
impregnated stuff (which was common in the 60s too), or worse, the
simply waxed junk.
If you were making jewelry with Turquoise in the Southwest
thirty years ago, you would know what I'm referring to. The real
stuff is awsome!
True enough. But I’ve also seen some pretty awsome stones in recent
And I DON’T recall lots of folks, 30 years ago, trying to pass off
white colorless lapidary rough, no matter how nice in other respects,
as “white turqoise”. Maybe I was just lucky…