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Here's your chance to make your views known about this prickly imitation quartz question.

Do not be shy - as a jewelry designer and jewelry-supplies retailer, I need to know your thoughts. And everyone else wants to know them, too!

My thoughts? OK, here were go: I will be wearing imitation quartz jewelry only sparingly this season. I wasn't thrilled to discover that this material was actually glass - especially after being assured otherwise by my own suppliers.

I agree that it is very beautiful, but I believe it is a passing fad - for the reason that it is imitation.

In fact, I do not plan to restock it in the Chetti Artisan Jewelry Supply inventory after our current supplies run out.

What do you think?

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I think it's beautiful, and makes some lovely pieces. THANK you for writing the article, I had searched online several times trying to research, once I noticed that some suppliers were calling it glass and some were calling gemstone.

Yours was not only the best, but the most information I found in one place.

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Thank you so much! I'm glad you found the article helpful! <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

I also think it's beautiful, and I continue to use it in my designs (making sure to describe it as glass, of course!)

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Thank you so much! I'm glad you found the article helpful! <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

I also think it's beautiful, and I continue to use it in my designs (making sure to describe it as glass, of course!)

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Hi Chris!

I'm not a big fan of misleading "trade names."

If it's glass, call it glass.

I also found out that "Yellow Turquoise" is really Jasper.

I don't want my customers to think I am misleading them. I wish our suppliers would be forthcoming about these types of issues.

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Hi sam!

I agree - I'm afraid this is a serious problem these days.

The "yellow turquoise" issue is another confusing one. I think a lot of it is powder of some stone (turquoise? jasper? who knows!) essentially glued together with a lot of binders.

When I first worked with "yellow turquoise," I created a sterling linked necklace and then dropped it into my rock tumbler, which I use to polish up the silver. When it came out, the finish was gone on the stones - they were pale and grainy looking, with no gloss left all! That should not happen with a real gemstone.

Then recently, I had a customer return a strung "yellow turquoise" necklace to me to be repaired (the silk string had broken) - and somehow, all the "yellow turquoise" stones had turned BROWN.

I now think the binder in the beads must have cooked in an ex-ray machine or something in transit - bizarre!

So, needless to say - I'm "off" the yellow turquoise completely, even though I'm OK with the glass "quartzes" as long as they're recognized as glass.

I think corruption occurs in the imported supply lines when something suddenly becomes very trendy. Overseas manufacturers seem to rush to find ways to produce look-alikes extremely cheaply - but they're NOT being held accountable to disclose what these materials really are.

As middle-level suppliers and jewelry designers, we really have to keep our guards up!
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