Trying to verify authenticity without ruining the stone

I bought this turquoise & sterling silver pendant from an artisan in Bisbee, AZ a couple of years ago, and I want to know if the stone is indeed real turquoise or not. If it’s fake, I’d like to keep it in the pendant as a keepsake, but if it’s real, I have other plans for it, so I need a way to test it without detracting from the overall appearance. Can anyone help please? I’d be much obliged. :blush:

I would call this chrysocolla that is very similar to turquoise in looks, but it is not turquoise. Very cool looking pendant.

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Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, too. I was hoping that a native artisan would not purposefully mislead me, but ah well. It’s a pretty piece nonetheless :blush:

It is so similar to turquoise that the artist might have believed it was turquoise, when someone brings a piece of chrysocolla in it is always a debate.