Is this block/reconstituted turquoise, or something else?

Hi all! I’ve recently started collecting fetish carvings, and I find myself especially obsessed with turquoise ones. While I know that most of the turquoise used in NA carvings are generally stabilized and treated to some extent, the unusual patchwork-like matrix of this turquoise bear has me scratching my head!

Pressed turquoise, real, or something else entirely? Would love to get some opinions. Thanks in advance! :slight_smile:



There is a process where scraps of different turquoise stones are pressured together, creating this patchwork-like look.

I believe it is what this site is referring to as stabilized compresses

It’s amazing how they can put rock together like this. Beautiful Bear.