I have been collecting from the top Chinese turquoise dealers for 20 years. This turquoise cab comes from that collection. Initially when i first started buying Chinese turquoise alot of it was natural. Over time there was more stabilized material mixed in with the natural. I am listing all of these stones as stabilized, however some are natural. I dont have the time to test every individual stone to make sure its 100% natural. So please assume every listing is stabilized. What does stabilized mean you may ask.
Stabilizing is basically adding a wax, resin, or other substance to material to make it stronger and more resistant to absorbing oils ect. People have been doing this since ancient times. The Tibetans in the past have cooked porous turquoise in yak fat to stabilize it. Native Americans have used mutton fat to the same effect. Modern top end stabilization is done under enormous pressure around (10,000 psi) to make sure that the treat penetrates the turquoise entirely. There are many many different methods used to reach the desired effect, some much better than others.
(Pros of buying stabilized turquoise)
1. Stabilized turquoise is not going to change color from absorbing oils, chemicals and other things that can damage natural turquoise.
2. Treated turquoise is generally much less expensive than natural turquoise of the same appearance. This is because if you have two stones that look exactly the same, one is treated and the other is not, the natural stone is much more rare and as a result carries a much higher price.
3. Generally stabilized turquoise is going to be stronger than natural and this is why. Highgrade natural turquoise is relatively strong, however oftentimes the host rock matrix in a stone is not. When you treat a stone, the turquoise as well as the host rock is strengthened. Any way you slice, it turquoise is a soft stone compared to something like a diamond. Stabilized or not if you abuse a stone its going to break.
(Cons of buying stabilized turquoise)
1. Any stone that has been treated is not going to be as valuable or rare as a comparable stone that is natural.
2. A stabilized stone is not going to appreciate in value at the same rate as a comparable natural stone.
If you are a collector and want to invest in turquoise with an expectation of you stone going up in value at a high rate, your best bet is natural which I have a wealth of in this store. If you want something that is less expensive and something you can wear everyday without worry about your stone changing color, you might want to look at stabilized.
* Please understand i do my very best to get accurate color in my photos. In almost all cases the photo i post is the raw image with no photo editing. Color will vary from monitor to monitor and also on cell phones. Also the exact shape of the stone my be warped a tiny amount in the photos. If you are not totally satisfied with the stone or stones you receive please send them back in the original packaging for a full refund minus shipping.
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Length: 20.22 mm
Width: 15.25 mm (widest point)
Height: 5.37 mm
Weight: 15.15 carats
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