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DescriptionTurquoise, CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8*5(H2O) (hydrated copper aluminum phosphate), is a valuable mineral and is possibly the most valuable, non-transparent mineral in the jewelry trade. Its history also includes beautiful ornamental creations by Native Americans and Persians. Turquoise is often imitated by “fakes”, such as the mineral chrysocolla, and poorer turquoise specimens are often dyed or color stabilized with coatings of various resins.
LocationUSA ▹ New Mexico ▹ Santa Fe
PhotographerDarla Sondrol. 2002-02-15.
CollectionWard’s Classroom Collection of Gem Minerals #27.
Key wordsturqoise, New Mexico
Tech details187 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number2384