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New Kingman Turquoise

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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 Cabochons

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 – 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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