|Chinese "Yellow Turquoise" IS from China, IS NOT Turquoise|
|Dyed Howlite and Gypsum Chunks and Slabs---NOT Turquoise|
A quick google search of "what is yellow turquoise" took me to several bead sellers, like Fire Mountain Gems, who call it Yellow "Turquoise" Beads (with quotes around the word "turquoise"!), which says it's not really turquoise. They have inexpensive strands of this stone, which they say are "natural". When you click on the item and read their description, it further describes this material as "a lively blend of quartz and jaspers" or sometimes that it's serpentine with quartz inclusions. So they're not trying to push this as genuine turquoise, which is good.
Artbeads.com, who describe themselves as "one of the nation's top websites for beads", has a really enthustastic header about it:
"Yellow turquoise, or Chinese turquoise as it is sometimes called, is sweeping the beading world! Its popularity is beginning to rival the more traditional blue turquoise. Add a splash of intense color to your designs with this beautiful stone. These stones are natural and will vary in color and pattern."Rivaling blue turquoise? Well, since it's so cheap and people are marketing this as a color variety of turquoise, that's the plan---to rival the real thing! It's really too bad that they don't say what it really is---Jasper (which is a quartz stone), NOT any type of turquoise.
But google's first result, right at the top of the search results page, in big, bold black & white says this:
Sometimes referred to as Chinese turquoise or yellow Chinese turquoise. Most likely this stone is a form of jasper. It ranges in color from yellow to lime.
SO.... as anyone and everyone can see, there is no such thing as "yellow turquoise". It is actually another stone, probably Jasper. (Or else it's dyed howlite or magnesite or gypsum or some other thing that's NOT turquoise.) If I can google it and see this in about 2 seconds, why are bead vendors still calling it "turquoise"? Why are etsy sellers offering jewelry with this yellow "turquoise"? Especially when----at best---it looks like Jasper, and sometimes looks like slices of dyed plastic. So what's going on?
|Rough Yellow Jasper|
|Supposed to be Yellow Turquoise Pendants. Really?|
The answer is: "Creative marketing" which is just a gentler term for not being forthright or honest, in order to make a sale.
And if confronted, I'd bet some sellers offering this stone would say, "Oh I bought it at (fill in the blank) and they said it was yellow turquoise, so that's what I'm going to say!" Either they don't care what the stone is, or they knowingly are selling something that's advertised as something else--because that's what they've chosen to do already. They're not interested in honesty.
|Yellow Jasper Bead|
Turquoise is a color as well as a semi-precious gemstone. The stone itself is so historically popular, and has been desired and treasured for thousands of years, that the gemstone's name is the very description of the color. Turquoise. It is NOT yellow. It is NOT white. (NO such thing---white or "buffalo" turquoise is howlite, or another mineral or composite stone.) It is NOT orange or peach or neon-lime or red or purple. It is an opaque gem that is ONLY blue-green or green-blue, and varying shades of green. Chemically, turquoise is a hydrous phosphate of aluminum and copper---more copper, it's more blue. There is a picture below that shows the various colors, in ranges of blues to greens, of genuine turquoise.
BUYER BEWARE!!! I'd avoid any seller who is offering this simulated "gemstone" without divulging what it really is (whether jasper, or howlite, etc.) because they're deceiving you in order to make a quick buck.
Here is a great picture of a genuine piece of turquoise. Remember: it's called Turquoise because it's the color TURQUOISE. This beautiful specimen displays a range of blues and blue-greens:
And the link above to gemdat.org shows this:
Here is a picture of the various colors of genuine turquoise:
UPDATE: 4/17/14: I received a comment from a reader, who directed me to a website, geology.com, insisting that she read that there IS such a stone as yellow turquoise, and it derives its color from the iron in the surrounding rock. I looked at this website, and they are discussing the value of the beautiful turquoise colored stones, and it actually states:
"...After blue, blue-green stones are preferred, with yellowish green material being less desirable. Departure from a nice blue color is caused by small amounts of iron substituting for aluminum in the turquoise structure. The iron imparts a green tint to the turquoise in proportion to its abundance."
So, as I've said, there is NO such stone as yellow turquoise, which although marketed as yellow turquoise is either jasper or dyed howlite or plastic or gypsum, or some other such thing.
In particular, be aware that "Chinese yellow turquoise" is actually jasper, not the gemstone turquoise.
==============> UPDATE: October 12, 2015 and August 2016: A reader submitted a response, which I thought of publishing just so I could respond, but I decided to delete it since the author's blog would be visible (and her identity) which would be unfair since I don't want to embarrass anyone, so I'll just address it here. (And AGAIN, in August of 2016, this same person sent another note to me regarding this fake yellow turquoise, this time in a completely unhinged and irrational tone so I reported and deleted it and won't post any of it----but here's the gist of the first email sent.)
Someone wrote (regarding so-called Yellow Turquoise) (emphasis mine):
"It is a Jasper but it's name really is yellow turquoise. I don't think you can called [sic] it a fraud when so many people know it by that name. I also bet if you ask the jewelers most of them will in fact know that it's a Jasper. This post is based on so little facts and you assumed so much. I think it's time for you to do a little more research."
WOW!! If you KNOW it's actually Jasper and not really any type of turquoise (a gemstone), and yet you call it Turquoise (because "so many people" do), that is the very definition of fraud!! And not MY definition-----Per the FTC, any gemstone that is a "simulant" (looks like a gem) or "lab created" (or treated or enhanced, etc.) MUST be identified as such. This is to protect consumers from fraud. So even though you believe that "everyone" knows that so-called yellow turquoise is actually Jasper, legally it cannot be called "yellow turquoise" without saying it's a simulant made of Jasper!
THOSE are the government's rules, Kyla---I didn't make them up. (If you are not aware, the Federal Trade Commission has specific rules and guidelines for the jewelry industry that must be followed. For starters, read the guidelines here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0295-gemstones-diamonds-pearls#gemstones)
My post is 100% based on FACTS and research including legal research, so I think I have a lot more knowledge than you have suggested. But now YOU know what the legal guidelines are regarding gemstone identification. If you want to argue with that, take it up with the Federal Trade Commission---it's their rules.
I write this blog to be informative to people who may not be aware of certain things, so they're not defrauded and can make educated purchases.
I think most people understand that.