Turquoise Jewelry Is Absolutely Magnificent
Turquoise jewelry is a wonderful gift for anyone. It is an extremely versatile mineral and can be set into silver earrings or elaborate gold or copper necklaces. There are different grades of turquoise and it is possible to buy turquoise jewelry for only a few dollars. Of course, the value of the turquoise jewelry depends on the quality of the stone used, the amount, and also the value of any other stones that are in the design.
As turquoise is not a naturally hard mineral. This does make it easier for the gem to be cut to fit any type of turquoise jewelry. The color of the turquoise also has an impact on its value. If a turquoise jewelry design comprises a piece of sky blue turquoise then its value is going to be far higher than a design that has greenish-blue and speckled turquoise.
Due to the fragility of turquoise, special care needs to be taken when wearing a turquoise jewelry design. It is also extremely vulnerable to damage from solvents as it is a phosphate mineral. Special care needs to be taken to avoid any turquoise jewelry coming into contact with perfume, skin oils and chemical cleaning fluids. All of these can cause deterioration of the color and shine of the turquoise. Perfume, cosmetics, sunscreen, and hairspray need to be applied before you put on a piece of turquoise jewelry to lessen the potential damage that may be caused to the gemstone. Direct sunlight can have an extremely detrimental effect on turquoise as it causes it to fade and dry out which makes it more brittle and easier to break. Always clean turquoise jewelry with a soft cloth to remove any build-up and store in a separate box from harder gemstones to prevent scratching.