One, 16.5" strand Natural Hubei Turquoise Disk Beads, 22mm.
Mainly, about 98% of natural turquoise is stabilized. This process hardens the stone so it can be drilled to make beads. Otherwise, it would crumble. Turquoise has a Mohs of about 5 or 6, where diamonds are a 10. Also, stabilization "sets" the natural color.
Thank you for looking and please check out my other listings of beads, baubles and totems. I ship 5 days a week, and will combine shipping charges on multiple purchases, paid all at once, with ONE INVOICE. I make every effort to ship the same day as your payment, if made in the morning.
My shipping fees are minimal, in fact, usually less that the actual cost. I think Etsy should be a fun and pleasant experience with no big surprises on the cost of shipping. In the USA, I charge $3.30 for the first item and $.55 for each additional item, when paid within a 5 day period and in one payment.