As a novice collector, how can I tell the difference between turquoise and blue-green howlite?
Thank you for your inquiry. The first indication may be the price. Natural Turquoise is more expensive and not as readily available. Howlite can be more easily scratched, because it is softer than Turquoise. Most reputable companies will label the stone "Dyed Turquoise", "Turquoise Magnesite", or ""Turquoise Howlite". Here is a link to an article that gives more information, http://www.theturquoisechick.com/dyedturquoise.htm
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