Many imitations of turquoise are found in today's jewelry. The most common is howlite and magnesite. Both of these stone are naturally white and are dyed to give them their color. Often they can be found in various colors, such as purple, red, orange, yellow, bright green, black. Other colored turquoise, which is not really imitation but is dyed, is called chalk turquoise. This is turquoise infused with resin to stabilize and harden it. Often the resin is dyed prior to the infusion. Thus, you may see colors such as lime green or magenta chalk turquoise.
Turquoise is the traditional birthstone for December and is the anniversary gemstone for the 5th year of marriage. It is believed to be a guard against diseases and to warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing color. It brings happiness and good fortune to all wearers.
Here are a few of my turquoise pieces.
|Turquoise With Copper Bali Style Beads Bracelet|
|Turquoise and Coral Necklace|
|Turquoise With Pale Pink Crystals and Stardust Beads Bracelet|