The Halcraft Collection Natural Turquoise Beads are a wonderful, high quality addition to our line of beautiful semi-precious stone beads. Turquoise is a generally chalky and light stone that is most often found in areas of high copper concentration. The combination of oxidizing copper, running water, and chalky, light colored stone, creates a natural dying process that can go on for millennia. The result is a beautiful blue-green stone with inclusions of harder brown stone in random matrix, making every bead and stone from any deposit completely original.
The beauty and natural elegance of the aqua color of Natural Turquoise beads have been used in jewelry as far back as Egypt, the Aztecs, and Natives of the Americas as well. The stone is easy to work because it is so soft, but it is also fragile as a result. It is for this reason that all modern turquoise jewelry is hardened with a clear resin that fills in all of the pores and crevasses in the stone before it is cut, which is called "stabilized" stone. The resin dries nearly as hard as stone itself, but it is perfectly clear (or in some cases, dyed to match the aqua turquoise color to add color to the stone as well as strength), and this makes the stone less fragile and enables it to be worked into smaller and more detailed shapes and still last for generations of use.
Halcraft carries all sorts of stone that is the color of Turquoise, some of it dyed howlite, which is a natural white stone with an existing grey or brown matrix that dyes well, some of it glass that is the color of turquoise and very beautiful as a result, and these are all named appropriately in their descriptions and priced appropriately as well. However, our Natural Turquoise Beads are mined in either the USA or Mexico, and are pure stabilized natural Turquoise, and are priced to reflect their rarity and the cost involved in mining stone in the USA and Mexico. These beads are REAL TURQUOISE and will also be labeled as such in their descriptions, and this is very important for any jewelry artist that wants to use natural and real stone products, because they are rare and beautiful indeed, and for discerning customers they will absolutely love them and be proud to wear them as finished turquoise jewelry with confidence!
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