Tricky Turquoise


How do you tell the difference between genuine Turquoise and Dyed Howlite or Dyed Magnesite?

Turquoise is one of the most common gemstones that gets imitated in the jewelry design industry. It is often dyed Howlite or dyed Magnesite.

So how can you tell the difference between the real deal and imitation? It’s difficult so always ask, but a few tips:

-Color- if it’s very evenly colored it’s probably dyed

-Price – if the bead is fairly cheap it’s likely magnesite or howlite, authentic turquoise will be expensive!

-Dye test – get some acetone nail polish remover and rub it with a q-tip over the stone for a bit. If the stone is dyed the color will come off on the q-tip.

Beadworks sells authentic Turquoise as well as dyed howlite and magnesite but we promise never to misrepresent the dyed beads for real turquoise. If you ever have a question we are happy to answer and give you the confidence that when you buy Turquoise at Beadworks you really are getting what you want!

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January 25, 2017