Mexican Turquoise Fills In For Chinese Turquoise

Mexican Turquoise is one of the most common varieties of turquoise in production jewelry today

Mexican Turquoise cabochonToday some of the most common Turquoise in the jewelry market is Mexican Turquoise.  Mexican Turquoise has come into the market vary heavily in the last ten years.

As the availability of American Turquoise, Persian Turquoise and TIbetan Turquoise decreased and since has become vary scarce, Mexican Turquoise and Chinese Turquoise has become the staple of product and tourist Turquoise Jewelry.   For jewelers this is common knowledge, but for some collectors and Turquoise jewelry lovers this may be Turquoise news.


Let’s begin this story with a little history on Chinese Turquoise and Mexican Turquoise in American jewelry.

In the late 1970s some American business men, in the Native American and Turquoise jewelry business were granted permission to visit the famous Chinese Turquoise mines in Mashan and Hubei.   During this exclusive visit they learned about China’s production and search for no matrix “Robin’s Egg” blue Turquoise, which previous to the 1950s had been the only Turquoise considered jewelry grade.  They found that the Chinese had been throwing all of the nuggets and vein of Turquoise that was anything other than clear “Robin’s Egg” blue into the dumps.  Upon learning of this fact, and knowing from the thriving American Turquoise market that Spider Web Turquoise was the most valued in the US and Japan, these business men decided to go through the dumps and see what was in them.  They ended up finding a huge dump of high grade natural Chinese Turquoise with gorgeous spider web matrix, some rivaling the famous Lander Blue Turquoise of Nevada!  This find ended up flooding the Turquoise jewelry market and eventual drove most of the American miners out.  This made Chinese Turquoise the most used Turquoise in commercial jewelry next to Kingman and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. The Chinese Turquoise mines have recently closed!  That brings us up to date when Mexican Turquoise is beginning to take over where Chinese Turquoise has left a gap to be filled.


 Mexican Turquoise takes a larger stance in the Jewelry market


Mexican Turquoise RoughToday with the amount of Chinese and American Turquoise dwindling, Mexican Turquoise has been able to rise in popularity with jewelers.  This factor combined with new finds and mines in Mexico has made Mexico the up and coming commercial grade Turquoise.   Long ago Mexican Turquoise was known for the Turquoise from the Evans mine in Baja Mexico.  The Evans Turquoise mine in Baja Mexico produced Turquoise that looked much like the Turquoise from some of the Nevada mines in America.  These days not much is coming from the Evans mine in Baja and the majority is coming from a mining deposit a little south of the Arizona border near Bisbee, Arizona.  There are several mines in this area by various names.  Most of the Mexican Turquoise being sold these days is marketed as Cananea Turquoise and Nacosari Turquoise.  This Mexican Turquoise is vary beautiful and looks alot like Morenci and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Arizona.  Most of the Mexican Turquoise has to be stabilized in order to be cut into gems.  Most of the Mexican Turquoise comes out of the ground as Chaulk Turquoise.  In rare cases gem grade Turquoise has been mined. 

You will find Mexican Turquoise in all types of jewelry from Inlay jewelry to Navajo style jewelry to modern Silver Jewelry.  Artist from all over the world are using the Mexican Turquoise.  Unfortunatly, a lot of this Mexican Turquoise is missrepresented as Sleeping Beauty or Morenci Turquoise, so be careful!  If it is sold to you as Mexican Turquoise, buy, buy, buy!  It is great stuff and now is the time to buy it at a good price before the supply runs out and the price rises.


I hope this Turquoise news will be helpful to you and will aid you in your next investment in Mexican Turquoise!


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