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TURQUOISE FACTS : Tuquoise by Location

There was a time when I had no idea about anything related to turquoise. I thought turquoise was…just turquoise. And then I started getting serious about it and realized that there is so much info to consider when buying the stone or jewelry made with it, that it makes your head spin. Anyways, I feel like I have to start explaining some basic things since I mention them in my jewelry descriptions, and I don’t want people wondering what the heck is that crazy lady talking about.

Let’s start with the basics. What kind of turquoise are you buying when you are looking at jewelry? I bet many are like I was before, turquoise is turquoise is turquoise, and it comes from…where does it come from, anyway? If we are talking about actual turquoise and not imitation (about that later), then it may come from a lot of places.

I love and collect local North American turquoise that comes mostly from the Southwestern mines, and there were and are a lot of mines to learn about.


                                 American Turquoise from various mines.

Turquoise may also come from other places, for example, Mexico, China (Hubei province is famous for their turquoise) and Iran (and their Persian Turquoise). These are just a few commonly recognized places you may encounter in turquoise discussions.


Spiderweb Chinese Turquoise.

Spiderweb Chinese Turquoise.

That’s it for today, more to come soon.

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