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The immense popularity of turquoise can be attributed to the fact that, this gemstone has been known for thousands of years. There was a time when the finest turquoise gems came from Persia (now Iran). The color and overall quality of the Persian turquoise was very impressive. As time went by, the turquoise from Persia became increasingly hard to find, but the gem markets were still selling turquoise under the name of 'Persian Turquoise'. Fine quality turquoise gems that matched the beauty of the gem that once came from Persia, came to be known as Persian turquoise. Reliable reports say that Europe including France, got introduced to this gorgeous gemstone through Turkish merchants. This is what gave the gem the name, turquoise. But experts agree that the turquoise taken to Europe was most likely mined in Persia and not Turkey.

While most of us talk about turquoise being blue, some exceptions do exist. While a pure blue turquoise gem would satisfy every turquoise lover, you should expect a slight dash of green in your turquoise gemstones. You could therefore say that turquoise gems are blue to greenish-blue in color. It is not rare to find yellowish or brownish patches on turquoise gemstones, this is more likely if the gem size is more than 15mm. There could be two reasons for this color, and we will explain it right here. The presence of certain elements in turquoise could, cause these color patches. These elements could occur naturally, and affect the turquoise as it gets formed. Something that we will talk about later in this report, is the effect of certain chemicals or solvents on turquoise. These could basically stain the gemstone and generate a color of their own.

What about green turquoise, you might come across such turquoise ocassionally. Green turquoise is specific to certain mining locations, the turquoise comes in a green color right from the mining stage. Having said that we would like to mention one more possible cause, for the green color of turquoise. Chemical reaction to certain chemicals or even to heat sources, can cause some turquoise gemstones to take on a green or at least greenish-blue color. As for other fancy color sometimes advertised for turquoise gems like, purple, yellow or green - these are either reconstituted and dyed turquoise stones or (more likely) imitation turquoise.

Look at any turquoise gemstone and you will most probably see those webbed veins running across the gem. These come naturally to turquoise, smaller stone sizes might be able to eliminate those portions by rightly orienting the gem when cutting it. Very few turquoise mining locations deliver natural turquoise with little or no dark veins running through them. Interestingly and overwhelmingly large group of turquoise lovers adore the gem just for those veins. They feel that this natural occurence gives a unique character and personality to every single piece of turquoise. Some very talented jewelry designers are very particular about, the viens being retained during the turquoise cutting process. They then showcase their creativity by incorporating the veined turquoised gems into their designs. There was a time when the presence of the dark veins in turquoise ensured the authenticity of the gem. But today, clever gem sellers push man made turquoise imitation gems that mimic the veins of natural turquoise!

We will now say something about two properties of turquoise gemstones that, will influence the way the gem should be looked after. It would be advisable to consider that these properties ALWAYS exist in the gem no matter, where it is mined or whether and how the gem is treated. A little bit of care will keep your turquoise gemstone looking good for many years, it is worth the tiny effort. The first property we need to address is that of porosity in turquoise. This gemstone in it's natural form is not very dense, minute pores exist all through it's 'body'. This is something that pulls down the durability of turquoise gem stones. Turquoise absorbs liquids that come into contact with it. Depending on the type of liquid, color change or damage to the stone might result. In the paragraphs that follow, we will talk about the stabilization of turquoise gems, this form of gem treatment aims to fill and seal off the pores that exist in the stone. Another factor that determines the durability of a gem would be the hardness of the stone. Turquoise gems have a hardness of 5.5-6 (out of 10) and this, really does not inspire toughness in the stone. Physical impact could damage turquoise, and we will talk more about this in the paragraph related to caring for turquoise gems.

We now talk about the stabilization of turquoise a process that, provides what is popularly known as 'stabilized' turquoise gems. We did mention that porosity and a mediocre hardness rating, reduce the toughness of turquoise. Various forms of treatments have been applied to turquoise gems, the most widely practised and accepted of these is the stabilization process. Rough turquoise is allowed to soak in heated pastic or resin based mixtures. Since turquoise is porous, the material absorbs the heated mixtures. The pores get filled and when the cooled mixtures solidify and fill the pores in the turquoise stone. The resulting stone is called stabilized turquoise, it is then cut and polished to various sizes and shapes. Turquoise treated in this way has better durability, and is widely accepted in gem markets.

We just talked about stabilized turquoise where, the gem treatment is applied to toughen the gem. However there are other types of treatments applied to turquoise gems too. The other treatments like dyeing or waxing have not been standardised, the effects are not very clear and the benefits surely not stable. For example, dyed turquoise could change color, the effect of the dye could wear off with time. Waxing of turquoise is superficial treatment applied to the gem. After the turquoise gem is cut and shaped and polished, wax is rubbed on the surface. This adds a shiny gloss to the stone, and also superficially closes the pores. As expected wax treatment makes turquoise even more prone to getting damaged by heat. It is best to be very sure exactly what type of turquoise gems would be sold to you. Gem providers are expected to disclose all details to buyers but, some prefer to do so only when information is specifically requested.

Based on the properties and features of turquoise gems that we have discussed so far, we will provide some useful tips on how to care for turquoise gemstones. Our first suggestion would be to keep the properties of hardness and porosity in mind, this irrespective of what kind of treatment is applied to the turquoise. Since the hardness rating of turquoise is not very spectacular, physical impact is something that can damage turquoise gems. If you plan to excercise, repair the fence or spend a day biking in the hills, keep your turquoise jewelry at home. Turquoise gems are sensitive to heat, so do not wear the gem when sun bathing and do not leave turquoise gemstones near a heat source. Chemicals, acids and even strong detergents can damage turquoise. Since the gem is basically porous, it is capable of absorbing liquids that it comes into contact with. It is not advisable to leave turquoise gems soaking even in plain water.

Here is some advise on how to clean turquoise gemstone jewelry. Do not soak turquoise gems or jewelry in water, and do not use ultrasonic jewelry cleaners to do the cleaning. Before you begin cleaning turquoise, gently blow away any dust that might exist above or below the gemstone. This is better than wiping dust away from turquoise simply because, dust can at times contain fairly hard particles. Wiping the dust could cause these particles to scracth the turquoise gem. To clean turquoise, use a clean soft cloth - make sure that the cloth has no pins or hooks attached to it. Do not soak the cloth in water, just moisten it to make it damp. Then gently dab and wipe the gemstone clean. If you really feel that you need to rinse the turquoise jewel, do so in clean, cool running water for no more than 15 seconds. Do not use dryers or hot blowers to dry the turquoise gem, you could gently dab it dry with a soft and clean piece of cloth.

This detailed report on turquoise gems would not be complete without talking about reconstituted turquoise. The name might give you a hint but, here is the actual explanation. Some of the turquoise that is mined is of a very low grade and no where near gem quality. An attempt is made to make use of such turquoise gemstones by making reconstituted turquoise. The rough stone is ground to a powder, heated dyes and glues are added to the powder. The mixture is then compressed and allowed to harden. This is 'rough' reconstituted turquoise, it is then cut and polished as required. Technically we would not like to refer this stone as turquoise as, there is no standardization regarding the proportion of turquoise powder, glue or dye in the mixture. It is quite possible that plastics are also liberally added to make reconstituted turquoise look better.

You might also be interested to know that, turquoise is a birthstone. It is one of the options for a December birthstone. Three gems are currently designated as birthstones for December turquoise, blue topaz and tanzanite. In case you were not aware, tanzanite was added as recently as the year 2002 to the birthstone charts.

 

Who Is Kaisilver?

Kaisilver is today regarded as the global leader in online custom made jewelry. One of the major reasons for our success has been the unflinching dedication to produce high end custom made jewelry in gold or sterling silver. With complete control over the entire production process, we offer a degree of personalization that no other jeweler can match. The gemstones used in producing our jewelry are handpicked and custom cut. Selection is made from over 200 million carats of gems sent in by the worlds largest gem manufacturers and miners. While remaining focused on the custom jewelry sector, we have recently decided to respond to buyer requirements for gems. Jewelry lowers and small sized jewelry shops often find it difficult to get handpicked gems in small quantities. Many requirements are for single pieces, but quality is important.

Kaisilver jewelry is proudly worn by over 9,000 jewelry lovers in 17 nations. With the complete absence of marketing and advertising gimmicks, we have also relied fully on buyer satisfaction to stay and grow in business. Our buyers include, politicians, fashion models, government officials, members of the armed forces, resort and casino owners, sportsmen, journalists and news readers, doctors and surgeons, professors and students, lawyers, housewives, financial experts and others.

How To Order?

The process to order gems and custom jewelry at Kaisilver is similar. We do not expect you to make a rush purchase. We do wish that you take the time to discuss your requirements with our experts. They will be in a position to provide constructive suggestions that will guide you to make well informed buying decisions. Email all your requirements to sales@kaisilver.com provide as much inputs as possible to help us make relevant suggestions. For example if you are keen on getting a green gemstone but, are not particular about it being an emerald mention this in your email. Our gem experts might suggest a green tourmaline or even a peridot instead of an emerald. This suggestion would reduce our profit margins but will give you a gem that, is much cheaper and even more durable as compared to an emerald. When it comes to payments we offer some very suitable options. Paypal is the preferred form of payment, it is fair to the buyer and seller. The buyer when using paypal never needs to reveal credit card of bank information to the seller. We also accept direct bank transfers but prefer to do this on a case by case basis. When it comes to online transactions these days, both buyer and seller are afraid of frauds. It is quite possible that you do not feel comfortable working with us at Kaisilver. We sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with certain transactions too and prefer to keep away from them. There have always been fears of processing payments through Western Union money transfers. With the latest fraud reports, fake sellers and even fake buyers have been pulling off many online frauds using this mode of payment. At the same time we do understand that armed forces from the U.S who are stationed in various global positions sometimes have no other mode of payment besides Western Union. We therefore accept this mode of payment but at the same time, request you to avoid this mode if you do not feel comfortable using it. Shipping is done through FEDEX and you can expect a production lead time of around 4 to 5 weeks from the date of order confirmation and receipt of payment. Every jewel is fully custom made and requires the complete attention and concentration of highly skilled craftsmen. When it comes to gems, we could provide faster lead times and this can be discussed for each specific order.

Buyer Testimonials.

Below are a few comments from some of our buyers. As mentioned above we have a very serious interest in buyer satisfaction since our very existence depends solely depends on satisfied buyers. A high degree of repeat orders and a large number of orders being received through buyer recommendations has been at the heart of our success. Kaisilver buyers include people from all professions and walks of life. Fashion models, sportsmen, politicians, lawyers, financial experts, doctors and surgeons, members of the armed forces, newsreaders and journalists, students, casino and resort owners make up most of our buyer list.

.......received ring yesterday as you promised. it is stunning, more beautiful than i expected. the design and craftsmanship are outstanding. thank you again, it has been a pleasure doing business with you. i will highly recommend you to everyone i know, and look forward to doing business with you in the future. your entire staff has been professional and you displayed a high degree of honesty and integrity throughout the transaction. thank your staff and your craftsman for their incredible work. please feel free to use me as a reference as a EXTREMELY satisfied customer. take care, i wish you all well. Lt. Colonel James William Brady USA, Ret. Beverly Hills, Florida
Thank you very much for all your information and help with the production and safe delivery of the ring. It is indeed more than I had hoped forand I'm sure will be a winner with my wife. It is a shame that other firms can not be as helpful, you are all to be congratulated - Thank you again. Mr.Peter Keeble, U.K.

The ring arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you for such a wonderful job. I will be looking at your website over the next couple of weeks to place an additional order. Your workmanship and pricing is excellent.
Thanks again,
Dr. David Williams, U.S

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