High grade stabilized Turquoise Mountain (Kingman) turquoise in a Kirk Smith bracelet. Photo Arland Ben.
The treatment of turquoise is an important part of the turquoise industry. It also creates a two tier market with treated (stabilized ) turquoise selling for a fraction of the price of natural turquoise. The problem is compounded by unscrupulous sellers who represent treated turquoise as natural.
In this video Mike discussed some of the issues regarding the treatment of turquoise.