This Native American made sterling silver ring is set with two gorgeous stabilized Kingman turquoise stones, silver beads and twisted silver rope. The face of ring measures 1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Three-way split band. Weighs 15 grams. Size 8.
Brand new in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist, Rosella Paxson. Certificate of Authenticity included and gift box included.
About 95% of all turquoise on the market today has been treated in some way to deal with two problems intrinsic with this gemstone. First, turquoise is soft, sometimes even brittle, and thus susceptible to fracture. Second, turquoise is porous. As a result, it is susceptible to staining, discoloration and fading. These two problems can be addressed by stabilizing the turquoise. Stabilized turquoise is not "BAD" and it is still genuine turquoise. Stabilization prevents the turquoise from fading, breaking and makes it impervious to body oils, lotions and other beauty products. The pores of the stone have been filled with a clear resin that makes the stone more usable.
If this type of turquoise was not on the market, many jewelry artisans would not be employed and turquoise jewelry would be outrageously expensive.