4 Myths about Buying Turquoise

Wearing a bolo tie is a never-ending trend. This stylish leather cord tie has been a part of fashion movements since the golden period and is still in high demand.  

From Hollywood stars to fashion models to football players, most celebrities flaunt their style of wearing bolo ties on countless events. While some prefer a precious stone like turquoise decorated in a simple setting, some prefer creating their own style using different bolo ties parts - cords and stings.

Each person has his own preference for styling bolo ties. But when it comes to picking a precious stone, the most common choice is turquoise because of its significance in Navajo culture. However, there are many common myths associated with buying a turquoise that we have shared below.

Turquoise is turquoise in color

Probably this is the most usually followed myth. The stone doesn’t always have to be turquoise in color. While Lander Blue, the spider web turquoise, commonly contains a matrix of black and deep blue contrasting colors, Carico Lake reflects a beautiful shade of lime green.

The turquoise stone is tough

Though turquoise can take the beating as its hardness is between 5-6 on Mohs scale of hardness, it demands proper care while you wear it. Just like other fine jewelry, keep turquoise out of the water, especially you have planes to embellish it with silver metal. Regularly, clean your stone using a clean, damp cloth, and later air-dry to maintain its shine.

Collecting turquoise is expensive

It isn't always true. From Lander Blue to Bisbee to Number Eight, there are plenty of turquoises available at different price points, depending on the origin of the stone. From midnight blue to pale green, this most valuable stone is present in different shades. And then there are factors like a matrix, clear, monochromatic that decide the value of the type of turquoise. Sleeping Beauty turquoise, for instance, is a highly polished blue stone with no matrix, mined in Glove, Arizona, and is the most favorable choice among collectors and buyers.

There are plenty of fake turquoises

The fact is not completely untrue. But when you have a good eye and know where to shop from, there isn’t any need to fret over the stone's authenticity. Do your homework before you plan to buy the turquoise stone. Research helps you gain deep knowledge of the type of turquoise stone you’re planning to invest in and makes you a smart buyer. Although turquoise isn’t a rare stone, there are some stones, for instance, the Sleeping Beauty mined from Globe, Arizona which closed in 2012, is hard to find.  

Whether you prefer stormy indigo or translucent green, with clear monochromatic color or heavy matrix, the only thing that matters while designing your bolo tie is your personal preference. From different sizes and types of gemstones, including turquoise, to high-quality bolo ties parts like strings and cords, whatever be you need, Rocky Mountain Western has got all the supplies for you.