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Best way determine if polished turquoise is stabilized?

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#1 Center & Side


#2 center & Side          

#3 tumbled

If it is or isn't would you tell me how to determine that?

Any help would be appreciated in advance!

asked Oct 30, 2015 by Dizzard (840 points)
retagged Oct 30, 2015 by Dizzard

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It is sometimes difficult to tell, but stabilized pieces often have an unnatural shiny waxy appearance or may appear as they have been coated with a glue-based substance.
answered Nov 11, 2015 by hershel (52,820 points)

Thank you. I did the heat test and the acid test with no reaction or odor. I tried scratching with a knife, that had no effect either. None of the pieces I tested had reactions or scratched. I have from dark green/brown all the way up the color scale to Sleeping Beauty. I know they are from the Southwest - I was there when she bought a good quantity. I know that there are many from Kingman Mine, Royston Mine and Ajax Mine. There a few other types that I am still researching. That's a great tip. I think I will buy some that resemble your description and do the same tests and see what reactions I get from those. What a great idea- thank you! I was wondering, after testing the 27th stone, if maybe I was doing the tests wrong. This will tell the tale!

Thank you bunches! I have about 150 stones which I would prefer not to do the testing incorrectly on. What a dreadful thought.


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