I hope this stays civil. First you go into great detail on aspects
you want to bring out in your blog about turquoise. But one glaring
thing popped into my little pea brain. If you discount any turquoise
because it has inclusion of some other mineral that might change the
color from the perfect blue of Persian turquoise, then what do you
have to say about sapphires? They are not all the same color. The
differences being “GASP” the minerals that change their colors. Are
they still sapphires when they are orange, green, or purple?
Turquoise is mined in many places on this planet. Some have "GASP"
inclusions in them to strengthen the crystalline structure. Some do
not. Look at Opals. They are a silicate. Do we discount an opal say
from Peru because it doesn’t have that nice rainbow effect? What
about the various Australian opals?
Do we say one is good and another crap? What about Emeralds? Do we
say the Jardin affect is bad and only Emeralds that are flawless are
good? Or do we say it has to be a certain perfect color? I could go
on, but I’m sure you are getting the idea of what I’m talking about.
The differences in the initial make up of a stone can also bring out
what is beautiful. I go for the beauty. What I do not go for and do
not agree with unless you fully tell someone what has been done is
the enhancements. In regards to the subsets of enhancements of
softer stones of the opaque nature ie turquoise in this discussion, I
do not believe in the dying, compression, or even heat treating. If
people do go for setting these types of stones, it must ALWAYS be
disclosed. I find this personally abhorrent. With those types of
enhancements, they become man made imitations of the real thing.
Excuse me in advance, but I disagree with you on this score. Our
backgrounds are similar, but different. I have a heavy background in
chemistry, but mine went to a different area. I can expound upon the
Krebs cycle and ases til the cows come home, but you would probably
go glassy eyed when I start going into the chemical reactions of
reverse transcriptases. I know enough of what you all are talking
about when you start breaking everything down to the bonds, electron
numbers and such, but in the end, I don’t think you would give to
potty breaks nor would I want more huge steaming piles of male bovine
solid exhaust put into a discussion just so that we all sound smarter
than the next. that kind of minutia is unnecessary most the time.
Stabilization is not evil. I’ve seen malachite that is a very fine
furry mass. Yet with the help of stabilization it turned into the most
magnificent chatoyant gem stone. Albeit a semi precious one. I’ve
also in the past kicked around rock hounding in many states. I’ve dug
for turquoise in Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. You can find great
colored stones that sitting side by side, due to deposition may have
not gotten that one crucial ingredient to make it harder. Now you
would throw the softer one away. Yet it’s beauty would rival the one
next to it. Mother Nature didn’t make them completely equal in
stability. I find no harm in stabilizing the softer rock to make it
equal. Call it my form of rock equality. Do I think all turquoise is
worth the equality? No! I do discriminate. The stuff they are calling
white Buffalo turquoise is nothing more than Howlite. I personally
know of a deposit out on the Arizona strip that has wonderful color,
but is too powdery. It will crumble in your hands just trying to
break it out of the host rock. I would not stabilize it. Powder is
powder. Talc would be diamond hard compared to this stuff. Yet if the
rock had initial strength I would go after it.
Then there is the problem with natural stones. Mother nature does in
some instances bestow her magic, and make a stone impervious to
outside forces that would change the color. Yet look at Topazes. A
lot of material would bleach out white in the sun. Is it still a
topaz? Clear faceted topaz can rival diamonds in beauty. But the
perfect topazes are the darker reddish brown, the oranges browns, the
darker yellows. Then you have Labrodorite. It too can change color in
sun light. Conch pearls too can change colors depending on usage and
contact with body oils. If it were a perfect world, I would not have
to add oils to the outer layer of my body to protect it. Yet my
father never did nor did he burn. Life is not fair, nor is nature. To
me stabilization makes gem stones (semi precious) equal. It is not
enhancement, it is protection.
Leonid, I value your expertise. I often enjoy your input. Yet there
are times I would like to meet you in person so I could see for
myself your body language in these discussions. I may be interpreting
you wrong, or I might be interpreting you properly. I can’t say. We
may just end up agreeing to disagree. After all we are the same
composition theoretically. Yet you may be worth more than me since
you may have more melanin than I have. Yes the same, but different.
I doubt you are glow in the dark white like me. I enhance my hair,
and I stabilize my skin. Just think though, I’m not claiming to be a
gemstone so we are safe.