This beloved gemstone is available in a range of blue and green tones, from a milky pale blue, to a deep sea green. The presence of aluminum will bring a greener appearance, while zinc will produce a yellow tinge. Choosing a piece of turquoise jewelry is a personal decision, largely dictated by color preference. We recommend focusing on the color rather than the size or weight of your turquoise gem.
Dark veins of minerals, called matrix, often occur naturally in turquoise. Many customers may prefer the look of matrix to a solid blue turquoise gemstone, as it provides distinctive character through pattern. The presence of a matrix will generally lower the value of a turquoise, but that does not necessarily mean that these stones are undesirable.
While there is no standardized grading system for colored semi-precious gemstones, there are several factors to consider when looking for a quality turquoise. Minute crystals that come together in a solid structure form these blue gemstones. The closer the crystals are packed together, the more lustrous and smooth the stone will be. Those with lots of tiny gaps between the crystals will be more porous, courser, and duller.
These porous turquoise stones will also be less durable. Because turquoise is typically a softer gemstone than many others (5 or 6 on the Mohs scale, compared to diamonds at a 10), opting for those with a smoother, more polished surface will help your jewelry to last for much longer.
Turquoise has been used for thousands of years to create striking earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and rings. Its distinctive look makes it a popular choice for those wishing to add some eye-catching color to their style. White metals such as sterling silver, white gold and platinum are the most popular choices for turquoise jewelry. Their cool tones highlight the stone's blue and green hues beautifully, while the durability of platinum in particular helps to protect your turquoise through wear and tear.
Every turquoise offered by Ritani is of the finest quality, hand-selected for its beautiful color. For the best value, we recommend opting for those with medium-light to medium-dark tones, and light to moderate inclusions. These criteria will ensure that your gemstone does not have noticeable blemishes that distract from its stunning hue.
Ritani stands by the quality of each of its gemstones, offering free 30-day returns for all orders. Our certified gemologists are available to help you make the right choice.
Store your turquoise jewelry separately from other jewels, to avoid them being scratched and damaged. Avoid high heat and chemicals, as these may affect the color or durability of your gemstone. When dirty, gently clean turquoise with a soft cloth and warm soapy water.