What is stabilized turquoise stones or beads?

  1. oceansnsunsets profile image86
    oceansnsunsetsposted 3 years ago

    What is stabilized turquoise stones or beads?

    I am wondering about stones and beads being sold as "stabilized" turquoise (or even other stones that are stabilized).  We see more and more synthetic stones being sold and made into jewelry, etc.  I know some are heat treated, some are synthetic, some are dyed, etc.  For people wanting authentic stones, are the "stabilized" ones authentic or fake?

  2. flash167 profile image88
    flash167posted 3 years ago

    Stabilization refers to a process that helps make a gemstone more stable.

    Most real turquoise offered on the market today is what is known as chalk turquoise.  Chalk turquoise refers to turquoise that is too soft to be used for jewelry purposes.

    Turquoise that does not require stabilization is usually only found near the surface.  Because the supply this hard turquoise is extremity limited it is difficult to obtain and is usually very expensive.

    When used in jewelry turquoise that has not been stabilized is susceptible to being damaged by chemicals such as hair spray, body sweat, or lotions.  This is part of what causes blue turquoise to turn green over time such as can be seen in Indian pawn jewelry.

    Due to the unavailability and expense of turquoise that has not been stabilized most commercially made turquoise jewelry that is offered today is made using stabilized turquoise or a turquoise simulant.  This not only reduces the cost but also helps provide a consistent product required for mass production.

    Stabilization can be achieved in many ways.  This usually involves the impregnation of the stone with a clear epoxy, resin or some other form of liquid plastic or hardener.  This can be done by simply letting the stone sit in the solution for an extended period of time or can be accelerated with the addition of heat and/or pressure.

    You can usually test a piece of turquoise by heating a needle to red hot and then touching it to a part of the turquoise that will not be seen.  Turquoise that has been impregnated with chemicals will usually smell like plastic or chemicals when touched with a hot needle.

    Although most stabilization processes involve the impregnation of some kind of chemical there are processes that do not inject any type of foreign substances substances such as the “Elgin Process” which is a proprietary system that likely involves, heat, electricity and pressure.

    Stabilization can also include other treatments such as adding dyes to enhance the color or by adding foil or other substances to enhance the matrix such as Mohave Purple Turquoise.

    Turquoise can even be reconstituted.  This process involves grinding turquoise to a powder, adding dyes to enhance and regulate color and then add a hardener.

    Turquoise is also often imitated by using clay, plastic, glass, ceramics and other substances.

    1. oceansnsunsets profile image86
      oceansnsunsetsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for that information Marty!

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)