Thank you, I know you’re right. There is no shortcut to gaining experience! It’s very frustrating especially as I do want to spend whatever I need to on the higher quality because I value untreated stones that much - but higher price really is a poor indicator of quality.
I’ve spent almost a full month now, obsessively looking at pictures of and reading about turquoise and I’ve come across such a range of prices, depending on what market you’re buying from (antique, modern American, British, western gallery pieces, actual peublo seller (with proof) that has direct linkes to mines, cuts and polishes his own stones etc etc) the prices vary a crazy amount.
What one person decides to put as a monetary value on the same piece of turquoise, depending on how much they may have spent on it, how fast they want it gone, how money motivated they are, what audience they’re selling to; really does vary.
And that’s without even starting on the ‘define expensive’ debate. All Turquoise is probably cheap to someone that’s used to buying diamonds and faceted gem grade gemstones, yet it’s probably pricy compared to someone whose idea of a luxury spend is a meal out.
So many factors hence I figure my best bet is to get as familiar with what I’m looking at - as fast as I can!