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How To Buy Real Turquoise

How To Buy Real Turquoise


 

Buy Real TurquoiseWhen you come to go to buy Turquoise wherever you go, you need to know how to buy real Turquoise.  It does not matter if you go to the Santa Fe Indian Market or buy Turquoise in a gallery or on the internet, be sure and ask the seller about the type of turquoise you are purchasing. You need to know if you are indeed going to buy real Turquoise. When you want to know whether you are going to buy real Turquoise or not, you need to seem educated, even if you are not.  To become educated you can visit www.durangosilver.com and go to their jewelry learning center.

The basic questions a novice should ask to buy real Turquoise:

 

If you know how to buy real Turquoise, you know you need to ask a few novice or basic questions. 

1.) You need to first ask is this authentic, REAL Turquoise?

2.) You should ask has this Turquoise been stabilized? (This is acceptible and is the second most valuable Turquoise to natural Turquoise (no processes except polishing the rock have been done.))

3.) You should ask then, has this Turquoise been dyed?

4.) Is this Turquoise reconstituted (crushed and put back together)?

5.) Is this stone really howlite or magnasite that is dyed and is being sold as Turquoise?

6.) Where did the Turquoise come from?

7.) Did you cut the Turquoise, who did?

These are all good questions, however if the merchant is simply buying and selling merchandise from artists, then they will not know much about the stones, other then what the jeweler or wholesale dealer told them. Many dealers do not know how to buy real Turquoise.

If you can it would be preferable to buy real turquoise mine direct, artist direct, or from a trusted dealer such as Durango Silver Company, Waddell Trading Company, Garland’s, Winfield Trading Co. or the like. These dealers have been in business for many generations and specialize in real Turquoise, and know how to buy real Turquoise.


Important knowledge when knowing how to buy Real Turquoise

In addition, there are various types of Turquoise and turquoise-like materials that may all look alike to the casual buyer but are very, very different in value:

Best – Natural turquoise is a stone just like it came from the mine. It may be cut or polished, but no materials are added to it. Natural turquoise can be somewhat porous and it may change color over time (usually becoming more green)

Next Best – Stabilized turquoise will also be a natural stone but mineral is added to it to make the stone harder and safer for wear in jewelry. The jeweler uses a substance, usually a natural mineral. It is infused right into the surface of the stone. Stabilized turquoise won’t change color over time.

Artificially Colored Turquoise – Enhanced or color treated turquoise is also infused but with the goal to change the color of the stone. Dye is mixed with the stabilizing material. Most good jewelry makers will not used turquoise with artificial color. Besides, there are so many beautiful colors of turquoise stone. Why would you want to do this?

Reconstituted Turquoise – In order to make a stone, turquoise dust and small pieces are mixed with resins and pressed into a stone-like form. This type of stone will retain the turquoise color but is not really a stone.

Fake Turquoise – People can make turquoise color beads and stones for jewelry with plastic and other materials. The inexpensive tourist shop jewelry may well be fake. Steer clear unless you are buying a necklace for your 5 year old grand-daughter, perhaps!

A good trader or jewelry maker will tell you about the stone. If you don’t ask, you may not find out if the stone is natural or not. The best way to start this conversation is to ask, “Is this stone natural turquoise?” As far as what to buy… a natural stone or stabilized stone is the best. All the others are not “real turquoise stones” in my opinion!

Don’t forget these are just some of the tricks and products available.  Your best bet in to buy real Turquoise is to buy it from a reputible dealer.  You want to buy real Turquoise for many reasons, including collectiblity, healing, and more.


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Durango Silver Co Reveals New Collection of Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

Old Turquoise, New Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

 Durango Silver Co reveals a new collection of Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons


Bisbee Turquoise CabochonsDurango Silver Co is widely known for being the best source for authentic Bisbee Turquoise cabochons and Bisbee Turquoise jewelry. Since the late 1960’s Durango Silver Co. has been using highgrade natural Bisbee Turquoise cabochon in their handmade sterling silver and gold Bisbee Turquoise jewelry. The Hartmans have always prefered to use high grade natural Turquoise and other gemstones in their jewelry, and Bisbee Turquoise is one of the highest grades of natural American Turquoise to ever come out of the ground. Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons are hard to find today since the mine has been closed for over 40 years.  Most of the ” Bisbee Turquoise cabs ” or Bisbee Turquoise cabochons on the market today are either cut from collections of old rough Bisbee Turquoise or are vintage Bisbee Turquoise cabochons from when the mine was producing.

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Durango Silver Co.’s Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

Bisbee Turquoise CabochonsDurango Silver Company has bought several large collections of Bisbee Turquoise over the past 10 years, including the Mickelson/Matthews collection. These Bisbee Turquoise collections have included rough Bisbee Turquoise, Bisbee Turquoise jewelry and Bisbee Turquoise cabochons.  Today, DSC cuts modern cut cabochons from old stock  rough.  These new Bisbee Turquoise cabochons are in some ways better then the vintage cut  cabochons.  These new Bisbee Turquoise cabs have a higher polish and a smoother cut due to advances in stone cutting technology.  Dillon and John Hartman cut Bisbee Turquoise cabochons in every shape and color including high dome cabochons. These new cabochons are also being matched for row bracelets, cluster jewelry, earrings, and more.  You must take a look at the Durangosilver.com website for these rare and gorgeous American Turquoise cabochons.

 


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Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

Bisbee Turquoise CabochonsBisbee Turquoise is some of the rarest and finest Turquoise to ever be mined.  Bisbee Turquoise cabochons can be found in the finest Turquoise Jewelry in the world and Bisbee Turquoise cabochons are sought after by every fine jeweler and collector world wide.  Bisbee Turquoise cabochons are cut out of Turquoise rough that was mined in the “Lavendar pit” in the Copper Queen mine in Bisbee, Arizona USA.  Rough Bisbee Turquoise is almost impossible to come by and can only be purchased from individuals that have old stashes or collections from when the Bisbee Turquoise mine was in production.  T`he rough Turquoise from the mine is perfect for cutting Bisbee Turquoise cabochons as it is some of the hardest Turquoise in the world.  The color of these Bisbee Turquoise cabochons is a true blue for the most part. Having said that there was material that came from the mine that produced green and aqua blue Bisbee Turquoise cabochons.

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Bisbee Turquoise CabochonsEver since the openning of the Bisbee Turquoise mine Bisbee Turquoise cabochons have been highly sought after and have always had a high price tag associated with them.  Bisbee Turquoise cabochons retain a higher price tag due to the color, hardness and beauty of the matrix or host rock that Bisbee Turquoise has.  The Bisbee Turquoise mine was one of the only Turquoise mines to produce a majority of gem grade Turquoise, rather than chalk.   Most of the Arizona Turquoise mines produce more Chalk Turquoise than gem grade Turquoise. This is a major reason that Bisbee Turquoise is so desireable, a long with the fact that Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons are some of the only Turquoise cabochons in the world to have a deep blue color naturally.  Most Turquoise has to be stabilized and Enhanced to acheive the deep blue colors that high grade natural Bisbee Turquoise cabochons have.  During the Turquoise boom of the 1950s through the 1980s jewelers could not obtain Bisbee Turquoise cabochons unless they had an in with the miners.  Bisbee Turquoise has always been the cream of the crop and even during the Turquoise boom when other Turquoise brought 50 cents to a dollar a carat, Bisbee Turquoise would bring a dollar a carat to 15 dollars a carat!  Today a quality Bisbee Turquoise cabochon can be purchase for 5 dollars a carat up to 300 dollars a carat!

Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons By Durango Silver Co.

Bisbee Turquoise CabochonsDurango Silver Company started cutting Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons when John, Dillon and Estell Hartman purchased the Cecil Mickelson / Bob Matthews collection.  This collection included over 300 lbs of Bisbee Turquoise rough, Bisbee Turquoise cabochons as well as lapidary equipment.  Cecil Mickelson was the proprieter of Mickelson Jewelry Co. and the brother-in-law of Bob Matthews who was the only person to ever have the rights to the Bisbee Turquoise that came from the Lavendar pit in the Copper Queen mine in Bisbee, Arizona USA.  Mickelson’s Jewelry Co. specialized in Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry.  Now Durango Silver Co. specializes in Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry and Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons.

Durango Silver Company recently purchased a new old stash collection of natural Bisbee Turquoise that they will be cutting into Bisbee Turquoise cabochons and Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry.  Keep your eyes peeled.

Vintage Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

Bisbee Turquoise has been mine and cut by modern humans since the 1920s.  There is evidence to believe Bisbee Turquoise cabochons were cut by the Anasazi Indians.  Vintage Bisbee Turquoise do not always look as good due to the style of the times.  Many Turquoise cabochons were cut in the “Nugget cut” where the turquoise nuggets were simply polished off enough to reveal the color.  Also, during the turquoise boom many artists and stone cutters could sell as many Turquoise cabochons, especially Bisbee Turquoise cabochons, and Turquoise jewelry as they could make, therefor, they did not take the time to cut the cabochons as nicely as they do today. There are sure to be many vintage Bisbee Turquoise cabochons out there that could be re-cut into an AAA grade Bisbee Turquoise cabochon.

Thank you for learning about Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons.

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Turquoise

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Turquoise is the #1 specialty of Durango Silver Company, we have been in the this business for over 40 years and we are the leading authorities of American Turquoise in the United States. We have been collecting, mining and cutting Turquoise since the 1960′s and have several of our own  mines in Nevada. In addition, we have collected authentic turquoise from around the world and have identified the qlobal qualities of  this material. Durango Silver Company deals in authentic turquoise and is one of the most trusted authorities for quality authentic Turquoise Jewelry in the world!

Turquoise Jewelry

Durango Silver Company has produced Silver Jewelry with Turquoise Gemstones for nearly 40 years and Silver Jewelry is how we market our quality gemstones. Our company is one of the few producers of  Silver Jewelry that gaurantee the turquoise gemstones in our Jewelry to be 100% authentic and actually real . There has been so many enhancements and treatments done to this stone in the past few years, most manufactures do not know or care about its authenticity as they are only in the business for the money – this fact is not true with our company as our first priority is the quality and authenticity of the turquoise we use in our Jewelry.

American Turquoise

American Turquoise is predominately found in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and  New Mexico. The bulk of is found in Arizona and Nevada. Arizona  predominately produces Blue, Nevada predominately produces green and material of both blue and green can be found in all four states.

Most turquoise mines produce about 10 -20% high grade quality material and the balance in a soft chaulky material that in useless in the Silver Jewelry market unless it is stablized or enhanced to make the material hard enough to use and in many cases it is color enhanced to make it attractive for the fashion market. High quality natural Turquoise is rare and not affordable to the majority of Turquoise Jewelry producers so they use the stablized or enhanced material for monitary reasons.

Arizona Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Arizona.

Nevada Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Nevada.

Colorado Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Colorado.

New Mexico Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from New Mexico.

High Grade Natural American Turquoise

Natural American Turquoise of high quality that is beautiful is actually very rare! We have cut natural turquoise for over forty years now and the truth is that out of 20  stones that we cut our company will only use about one of the 20 in our jewelry, however, we are known for having the finest turquoise gemstones in our  jewelry throughout the world by the leading collectors and authorities.

 We have a tremendous amount of information on this subject at durangosilver.com and have created many educational pages for your information and enjoyment. This is a very intreging subject to many as this gemstone was one of the first gemstones found by mankind over 7,500 years ago which is well before biblical times. It has been worshiped by healers and entire civilizations such as Tibet for literally thousands of years and it has been used and worn by some of the most notible historic figures of the world in the past. This importantant gemstone has been known for its spiritual and metaphysical powers for thousands of years by kings, pharoah’s and important leaders of people nearly since the beginning of civilized mankind. It is known to have powers that offer health, happiness and good fortune to the bearers of it. We have have a lot of great information on the history as well as the spritual values of this great gemstone that can be found in our Learning Center as well as the sitemap for our website.

Read what Wikipedia has on this subject at turquoise

Anasazi Turquoise

Anasazi Turquoise

Anasazi TurquoiseThe Anasazi had trade routes that spanned the western part of North and Mesoamerica. They traded ancient or Anasazi Turquoise for Parrots, Seashells and other trade items brought from Mexico and California by nomadic trade groups. The Anasazi had Turquoise and copper mines that gave them valuable goods for trade. Archaeologists have found Anasazi Turquoise and copper in Mexico Ruins as well as Parrot Feathers and Seashells from the Gulf of Mexico have been found in the Anasazi Ruins.  The Anasazi Turquoise was traded throughout the Americas.  Most of this Anasazi Turquoise was mined from the Cerrillos mines in New Mexico, Villa Grove mine in Colorado, Kingman mines in Arizona, and the Turquoise mines around Tonopah, Nevada such as the Royston Turquoise mine.  Turquoise history also shows Anasazi Turquoise from many other American Turquoise mines.

How Anasazi Turquoise Began

Anasazi TurquoiseThe Anasazi culture began in the Southwest in approximately 350 B.C. and it   lasted until about 1450 A.D. Anasazi people began hunting for and mining Anasazi Turquoise as early as 200 B.C. Anasazi Indians themselves worshiped Turquoise and believed it had great powers for the human that were sent to this earth by the fathers of creation. Turquoise had a major roll in all ceremonies and prayer. Anasazi Medicine Men as well as healers throughout Mesoamerica thrived on Turquoise and made every atempt possible to obtain as much of the gem as posible as it had great powers for their people.

 

Anasazi Turquoise knifeAnasazi Indians themselves worshiped Turquoise and believed it had great powers for the human that were sent to this earth by the fathers of creation. Turquoise had a major roll in all ceremonies and prayer. Anasazi Medicine Men as well as healers throughout Mesoamerica thrived on Turquoise and made every atempt possible to obtain as much of the gem as posible as it had great powers for their people. Anasazi Indians believed Turquoise had great healing powers as well as bringing good health, happiness and fortune to the bearer of the gem. Most all ancient tombs of individuals of power, Medicine Men, healers and believers in the Mesoamerican period, that have been uncovered, have had amulets of Turquoise in them. There is absolutely no question, Turquoise was used for its Spiritual and Metaphysical powers by the Anasazi Indians as well as in many other cultures throughout Mesoamerica and the world. The Anasazi worshipped Turquoise much like the culture of the Tibetans. Tibetan Turquoise was first known world wide in through the ancient Tibetan Turquoise beads.

Thanks for learning a bit about Anasazi Turquoise

We invite you to view our complete presentation on Anasazi Turquoise!

Turquoise

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Turquoise is the #1 specialty of Durango Silver Company, we have been in the this business for over 40 years and we are the leading authorities of American Turquoise in the United States. We have been collecting, mining and cutting Turquoise since the 1960’s and have several of our own mines in Nevada. In addition, we have collected authentic turquoise from around the world and have identified the qlobal qualities of this material. Durango Silver Company deals in authentic turquoise and is one of the most trusted authorities for quality authentic Turquoise Jewelry in the world!

Turquoise Jewelry

Durango Silver Company has produced Silver Jewelry with Turquoise Gemstones for nearly 40 years and Silver Jewelry is how we market our quality gemstones. Our company is one of the few producers of Silver Jewelry that gaurantee the turquoise gemstones in our Jewelry to be 100% authentic and actually real . There has been so many enhancements and treatments done to this stone in the past few years, most manufactures do not know or care about its authenticity as they are only in the business for the money – this fact is not true with our company as our first priority is the quality and authenticity of the turquoise we use in our Jewelry.

American Turquoise

American Turquoise is predominately found in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. The bulk of is found in Arizona and Nevada. Arizona predominately produces Blue, Nevada predominately produces green and material of both blue and green can be found in all four states.

Most turquoise mines produce about 10 -20% high grade quality material and the balance in a soft chaulky material that in useless in the Silver Jewelry market unless it is stablized or enhanced to make the material hard enough to use and in many cases it is color enhanced to make it attractive for the fashion market. High quality natural Turquoise is rare and not affordable to the majority of Turquoise Jewelry producers so they use the stablized or enhanced material for monitary reasons.

Arizona Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Arizona.

Nevada Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Nevada.

Colorado Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Colorado.

New Mexico Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from New Mexico.

High Grade Natural American Turquoise

Natural American Turquoise of high quality that is beautiful is actually very rare! We have cut natural turquoise for over forty years now and the truth is that out of 20 stones that we cut our company will only use about one of the 20 in our jewelry, however, we are known for having the finest turquoise gemstones in our jewelry throughout the world by the leading collectors and authorities.

We have a tremendous amount of information on this subject at durangosilver.com and have created many educational pages for your information and enjoyment. This is a very intreging subject to many as this gemstone was one of the first gemstones found by mankind over 7,500 years ago which is well before biblical times. It has been worshiped by healers and entire civilizations such as Tibet for literally thousands of years and it has been used and worn by some of the most notible historic figures of the world in the past. This importantant gemstone has been known for its spiritual and metaphysical powers for thousands of years by kings, pharoah’s and important leaders of people nearly since the beginning of civilized mankind. It is known to have powers that offer health, happiness and good fortune to the bearers of it. We have have a lot of great information on the history as well as the spritual values of this great gemstone that can be found in our Learning Center as well as the sitemap for our website.

Read what Wikipedia has on this subject at turquoise

New Natural Kingman Turquoise Find | New Kingman Turquoise

New Kingman Turquoise Find

 

New Kingman Turquoise

Spider Web Natural Kingman Turquoise Ring

The Colbaugh’s have found a new Kingman Turquoise find that is super high grade and consists of a few viens that produce both “birdseye” matix and a fine black spider web matrix Turquoise.  This new Kingman Turquoise is a beautiful medium blue and is top grade natural cutting rough.  The new find of high grade Kingman Turquoise was found with the help of Marty Colbaugh’s long time friend Monty who owns the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mine in Globe, Arizona.  Marty Colbaugh, Josh Colbaugh and Monty found these new viens together in early 2011.  This new Kingman Turquoise is being sold in limited quantities and mainly being purchased by a select few high end jewelers.   Most of the jewelry being made in 14k gold and gold and silver combination jewelry.  Some highend sterling silver jewelry is being made with this high grade new Kingman Turquoise.  Once you see this natural new Kingman Turquoise you will fall in love. 

 

New Kingman Turquoise is Super High Grade!

 

The new Kingman Turquoise is some of the highest grade Turquoise that has ever come out of the Kingman Turquoise mine in Kingman, Arizona USA.  This beatiful gemstone is a great example of American Turquoise.  The new Kingman Turquoise is so high grade that when you hit the rough together it sounds like marbles clicking. The new Kingman Turquoise is very beautiful in the rough, actually it is a show stopper when seen in the rough, especially when most of the Turquoise seen at gemshows today is stabilized or super low grade.  It is like a fresh breath of air to jewelers who know good gemstone.

New Kingman Turquoise Jewelry

New Kingman Turquoise RingYou will start to see this new Kingman Turquoise showing up in jewelry today and more and more by the end of 2011.  The jewelry that you will see the new Kingman Turquoise set in will be top grade, it will be silver jewelry and gold jewelry that every jewelers is proud of.   When most jewelers find gemstone this wonderful, they are very careful to only put it in the best jewelry possible.  You will see new Kingman Turquoise showing up in Native American Jewelry as well Anglo artist jewelry, old style and contemporary Turquoise jewelry.  Keep your eyes peeled for wonderful jewelry made with this rare new Kingman Turquoise!

Bisbee Turquoise: It’s Breif History & Short Supply Increase Demand

Imagine it’s 1877. Nearly two decades ago, you rushed out to the West seeking all that gold they talked about. And all you got was wet, dirty, broke, and a few sparkly flakes. Unless you were Hugh, Harry, and Joe. For the three prospectors, Misters Jones, McCoy, and Halcro, their determination paid off, not in gold but in a copper find in the mountainous corner of southeastern Arizona.

Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons

They staked their claim, and as the song says, fools rushed in. Hundreds of claims later in less than two years, the area developed into a mining camp known locally as Mule Gulch. The town kept on growing, attracting more miners, more claims, more digging for earthly riches. But they were no fools; they just had no money.

The Copper Queen mine resulted from the largest claim. It too needed a financial backer for operations to continue. That backer turned out to be Dewitt Bisbee, a judge from San Francisco, for whom the growing Arizona mining town, Bisbee, was named. It is said that Judge Bisbee never saw Bisbee. If it were me for which they named a town, I surely would have scheduled a visit. It went on to be one of young America’s most important mining towns of the time.

It’s 1881. Another large claim, the Atlanta, soon attracted the attention of another business investor. Phelps Dodge (not to be confused with certain Chrysler car dealerships) bought up Atlanta, merging it with the Copper Queen in 1885, bringing in the railroad in 1889, and becoming the owner of most of the valuable copper mining properties in the region by the turn of the century.

Now, remember your chemistry and gemological knowledge. Turquoise is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminum and gets its familiar aqua color from the copper. Turquoise is found in veins associated with copper ores. So, it’s no surprise that turquoise was found in the Bisbee mines, which were mining copper for more than fifty years

To increase copper production, low-grade ores were worked from nearby areas. One such open mine, called Sacramento Hill, was ordered extracted by the Phelps Dodge mine operations manager, Harrison Lavender. When Lavender’s crew was done with Sacramento Hill, they renamed it Lavender Pit, not only because the hill was now a pit, and not only because Harry Lavender ordered it dug out, but also because it was lavender, the color. Yes, the pit looks light purple from afar.

Bisbee Turquoise Nugget

Natural Bisbee Turquoise Nugget

It’s 1950.

To increase copper production, low-grade ores were worked from nearby areas. One such open mine, called Sacramento Hill, was ordered extracted by the Phelps Dodge mine operations manager, Harrison Lavender. When Lavender’s crew was done with Sacramento Hill, they renamed it Lavender Pit, not only because the hill was now a pit, and not only because Harry Lavender ordered it dug out, but also because it was lavender, the color. Yes, the pit looks light purple from afar.

It’s 1972.

Phelps Dodge has mined about all the copper from it can from Lavender Pit. The turquoise found there was of more interest to the miners who dug there than it was to the company. It is said that miners would stash turquoise chunks and chips in their lunchboxes. Bob Matthews, one of those miners, was granted rights to mine whatever turquoise was there. And a fine turquoise it was, indeed, although there wasn’t that much of it. All of it was embedded in granite and found in veins only inches wide. About a ton in total of jewelry quality turquoise was extracted from Lavender Pit within the next two years.

It’s 1974.

Lavender Pit was shut down as a turquoise mining site. No more new Bisbee turquoise entered the market as lapidary roughs for jewelry supply.

It’s now.

Lavender Pit in Bisbee, Arizona, is a tourist destination with foot paths and walking tours conducted at the rim. Visitors can peer into the place where Bisbee turquoise came from, but will not any more. Bisbee turquoise, what there was of it, can now be found in vintage turquoise jewelry, from collectors, or ordered from the current owners. You can imagine that they ration whatever existing supply remains.

All of this is the reason authentic Bisbee turquoise is expensive, in short supply, and high demand, but, oh, so lovely, and oh, so hard to get.


 Note: As a jewelry designer, I know that authentic Bisbee turquoise jewelry can be found in the Southwest, but only if you look hard and demand authenticity. In Colorado, Durango Silver Company has access to vintage Bisbee collections and can fashion fine jewelry from Bisbee turquoise by master jewelry craftsmen in the Hartman family.

For more on Bisbee turquoise, contact Durango Silver Company, 17897 U.S. Highway 160, Durango, Colorado 81301, (970) 375-2401


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Green Turquoise Jewelry

Broken Arrow Green Turquoise

Learn A Little About Green Turquoise Jewelry

Green is the currently fashionable color for fine jewelry and fashionable jewelry accessories. Green is the color; turquoise is the stone. Maybe. For us Turquoise fans it is definately Green Turquoise.

Natural green turquoise occurs in colors ranging from blue to green, often with a black matrix or black veining. A known natural green turquoise is Broken Arrow turquoise, sourced from the Otteson family’s Nevada mine. It’s different from other domestic turquoise sources in that the turquoise isn’t turquoise-colored, it’s green.

Some green turquoise gets its green from color treatments of howlite and magnesite, both white stones with a black matrix. In their natural state, howlite and magnesite closely resemble authentic white turquoise. When dyed, the stones take on a green color that is indistinguishable from natural green turquoise color by the casual observer. To a professional natural green Turquoise is obviously different looking from the colored product of synthetic green Turquoise jewelry.

There are tests to determine whether green turquoise is natural or dyed. The tests, however, are destructive. Whether green turquoise is natural or color treated, the stones are interesting natural lapidary sources for turquoise jewelry.

The necklace of green turquoise shown in the photo is fashioned from stones sold as ‘green turquoise.’ It is at the discretion of viewers to decide whether the green color is real or fashioned from alternative stones and man-made treatments, or whether the source of the green even matters. For this jewelry designer and gemstone writer, it’s about the design. I like the lovely green color however it got there! Do you?

Green Turquoise Jewelry

by Lorraine Yapps Cohen

TURQUOISE BIRTHSTONE OF DECEMBER

Turquoise – crystal form triclinic

Morenci Turquoise Pendant

Natural Highgrade Morenci Turquoise Pendant by John Hartman

Perfect texture – sky blue colour
Revered by the Aztecs and the Myans
Loved by the Apache Hunters
Tuirkish horsemen called it sacred
Protecting both the horse and rider
Verses form Koran carved on it
Turquoise – crystal form triclinic.

Turquiose – Lovely Ladies dreamstone
Lovely both to wear and fondle
Gemstone loved by all Victorians
Turquoise symbol of life’s cycles
Birth to Life and then to Heaven
It changes colour as it ages!
Mirroring all our life’s stages
Turquoise – Lovely Ladies dreamstone.

Silver bracelet with Blue Wind Turquoise and Sugilite

Silver bracelet with Blue Wind Turquoise and Sugilite by John Hartman

Turquoise – birthstone for Decemeber
Linked to star sign Sagitarius
Bringing happiness and fortune
Creativity and blessing
To the lives of all who wear her.
Gentle gemstone – tactile Turquoise
Shining with the Blue of Heaven
Turquoise – birthstone of December.

Sky Blue – Ice Blue – awesome turquoise
Turquoise – crystal form triclinic
Turquoise – Lovely Ladies dreamstone
Turquoise – birthstone for December
December for birthstone – Turquoise
Dreamstone Ladies Lovely – Turquoise
Triclinic form crystal – Turquoise
Turquoise awesome – Blue Ice – Blue Sky.

This poem is dedicated to the Angel of December.

(John Knight – Cool Colchester – 26 January 2010)


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