Turquoise Beads - All of our turquoise beads are sold by the strand unless specified otherwise. One of the main compounds of Turquoise gemstone beads is copper. This is what gives it the blue, green, blueish-green colors. Genuine, naturally occurring Turquoise is quite expensive and getting rarer every day as known mines are mined out and closed. In fact, only about 15-percent of the once prolific Turquoise mines are still in operation the American Southwest. Most in our area are only pulling out very light colored turquoise -- nearly all are now stabilized. The Turquoise Beads below are are Stabilized unless otherwise noted as Natural Turquoise. Sacred to both Native American and Oriental traditions, Turquoise helps to connect with spirit and brings the energy of the sky down to earth. In the world of crystal healing, Turquoise is used as stone of communication. New Age healers recommend it for people who have a fear of public speaking. It is said to impart the ability to make a speaker more eloquent, loving, creative and honest... improves the mental state overall by increasing all of the following positive mental characteristics: serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness & wisdom -- all of which result in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization. Turquoise is also considered a stone of friendship.
Stabilization is used to make turquoise strong enough to use in jewelry and beads since turquoise is by nature a soft stone. It also sets the color since natural turquoise will turn colors over time from skin oils and environmental elements. Sometimes the beads are Color Shot, the stabilizing compound had color in it. Only 10% or less of all turquoise mined is gemstone quality which means it is strong enough to use as jewelry components without stabilization. This high grade turquoise is expensive and stabilization provides turquoise beads that are reasonably priced. All Strands are Industry-standard average 15.5 to 16" in length. Due to the nature of gemstones and/or your computer's graphics card, shades may vary. All piece-counts are approximate. All size information is listed as outer dimensions and is approximate. Availability and Pricing Subject to Change without Notice.