Persian Turquoise, Jewel of the Orient

Persian Turquoise CabochonFor at least 5,000 years, the region once known as Persia, has remained the most important source of Turquoise. It’s sky-blue turquoise has always been a magnet for beauty seekers throughout history.  Persian Turquoise has been used in gold and silver jewelry since the Egyptian times.  Archeological excavations have yielded Persian turquoise in ancient graves in Turkistan and throughout the Caucasus dating back to the first to third century BC. Persian Turquoise once replaced the crown jewel in the Queen of England’s crown!

Today Persian Turquoise is hard to come by.  Most of the time people try to sell Persian Turquoise, it is not real and should not be trusted.  Today’s Persian Turquoise Information is very limited as oppossed to history on this famous Turquoise.

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Turquoise Fashion Is Here To Stay

Turquoise Jewelry and Turquoise colored clothing and accessories has long been high fashion, even since the Egyptian times. Turquoise has long been revered and named the “sky stone” as its color mirrors that of the sky and Fashion Turquoise Jewelrythe beautiful tropical ocean waters.  Every human being is drawn to crisp blue skies and refreshing aqua blue waters.  This has long been the draw for the popularity of the stone and the color in fashion and jewelry.

Turquoise fashion appeared on numerous designer runways for spring and summer 2009 and still seems to be dominating fashion. This is good news because turquoise is a universally flattering color. All hues of turquoise and marine blue work well for warm weather dressing, and turquoise combines especially well with neutrals black, white, and brown. Turquoise Jewelry will look wonderful with this years color of the year, Coral.  This can be seen in classic combinations of Turquoise and Coral in gold and silver jewelry.Turquoise Fashion Clothing

Turquoise gives its wear a sense of sophistication and sense of being a well-traveled individual.  Turquoise is also gives its wearer a sense of tranquility and comfort.

Turquoise has many uses fashion wise as well as spiritually.  Turquoise is believed in most cultures to be a healing stone. 

As a healing stone, Turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones. According to followers of the New Age Medicine, its powers can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems. Crystal healers recommend it for detoxification of alcohol, poison, pollution or radiation in the body, treatment of high blood pressure, asthma, infections, TMJ and dental problems.

Learn about many more Metaphysical properties of Turquoise

Turquoise will continue to be a fashion color as long as mankind thrives!


Chinese Turquoise Mines Closed

Chinese Turquoise Mines ClosedChinese Turquoise Moratorium

The word is out that the Chinese government has put a mandatory moratorium on Turquoise mining in China for a minimum of three years and most likely five.

The Chinese are not happy with the low values on their Turquoise for the amount of destruction the mining is doing to the hills and mountains it is mined in. There has also been a lot of loss of lives in and around the mines which is also disturbing to the government.

This will, no doubt, have a major impact on the Turquoise and Turquoise Jewelry market worldwide as Chinese Turquoise has been used for about 75% of the Jewelry being made worldwide.

This will not alter the escalation of fake Turquoise being produced in China, and most likely it will increase as the fashion industry is using more and more of it in their cheap Turquoise Jewelry for the low-end markets. China has now gone beyond using Howlite to make their fake Turquoise, they are now just using cement, dyeing it the color in demand and pouring it into moulds of the shapes they desire.

It will be interesting to see what China produces for the fashion industry next!



Madrid and Cerrillos, New Mexico – Along the Turquoise Trail

New Mexico’s 52-mile Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, or simply the “Turquoise Trail,” is a popular alternative to Interstate 25 if you’re venturing between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Highway 14 east of the Sandia Mountains traverses a broad, high desert and low rolling hills with long views of mountains in the distance. This dry country of pinion-juniper, brushy grasslands and too much dirt has played host to adventurers of all walks of life including pre-Columbian Native Americans, Spanish conquistadors, Mexicans during a time of Mexican supremacy, and more recently Anglo-Americans.

It was primarily coal that brought Madrid to life by the late 1800s, and after the market played out by the 1950s, artists and craftsmen trickled in. Beginning in the 1970s these new locals breathed a different kind of existence into the defunct ghost town. Today Madrid is a vibrant, grungy, eclectic getaway, popular during warm weather with day-trippers, bikers, art-seekers, turquoise enthusiasts and even the movie industry.

The Turquoise Trail and Madrid is a famous area in New Mexico based around the Cerrillos Turquoise claims outside of town.  The Cerrillos Turquoise mine was the first known place mined by the Anasazi Indians.

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Fine Art Paintings of none other than, TURQUOISE!

Do you Love Turquoise? The sky stone?

We certainly do so when we came acrossed a site selling art by a unique modern artist that focuses on this gorgeous blue gemstone, we had to share!

Imagine a giant, colorful, Contemporary Art, Abstract Turquoise Painting hanging in your home. The color turquoise is so vibrant, so full of energy. And, at the same time, turquoise is soothing and calming. The patterns in natural Turquoise with matrix are so awe inspiring. Many natural Turquoise stones look like photos of the earth from space, or silouhettes in blue, black and brown.

These artists paintings are so realistic, your friends will want to touch them.

Imagine a huge abstract turquoise painting in your home. Detail of abstract turquoise painting (188 KB) Turquoise #111 abstract turquoise painting

Read more of what the artist has to say about his Turquoise paintings!  Contemporary Turquoise Paintings

To us this is certainly HOT TURQUOISE NEWS!


Lookout Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise

Lookout Mountain Spiderweb TurquoiseLookout Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise Find-


Durango Silver Company is working on introducing our new find of the finest Spiderweb Turquoise we have had in many, many years! In fact, we believe this new Turquoise find is the best spiderweb Turquoise the world has seen in the past 75 years.

They will be cutting our Lookout Mountain Turquoise soon and setting it into quality Jewelry items soon after. They will be offering it for sell to their valued clients to use in thier special Jewelry as well.

If you are a connoisseur is the finest Turquoise – keep watching Durango Silver Company as they will be putting this on the market soon.



Turquoise’s Best Friend Is The Summer Color For 2011

2011’s color of the year is to be Coral!  This is great news for Turquoise as one of the best color combinations in the world is Turquoise and coral.  This symbolizes Turquoise’s continued popularity in fashion.

In 2010 Turquoise was the color of the year and was seen in all fashion from car colors to shoes, dresses and jewelry.  This year you can expect to see a lot of Coral and Turquoise jewelry as well as the colors in fashion clothes and accessories.

Since mankind has adorned themselves, we have had a passion for Turquoise and Coral.  Turquoise represents tranquility, the sky and the water, in contrast Coral represents sunrises, fire and passion.

Here are the trending colors from the past decade:

2000: Cerulean
2001: Fuchsia Rose
2002: True Red
2003: Aqua Sky
2004: Tigerlilly
2005: Blue Turquoise
2006: Sand Dollar
2007: Chili Pepper
2008: Blue Iris
2009: Mimosa
2010: Turquoise

Read more about 2010 Turquoise Color

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Green Turquoise

Green TurquoiseGreen Turquoise Presentation Page

Turquoise News has just put up a new presentation page on Green Turquoise, we invite you to take a look at this page by clicking on the link above or going to the Green Turquoise page by following this link.

This page has several photos with descriptive text as well as a short story on Green Turquoise – Check it out!


Royston Turquoise Mine Tour

Royston Turquoise
Turquoise Mining Tours

Royston Turquoise Mine Tours


The Royston Turquoise Mine located just out of Tonopah, Nevada USA offers tours of the Royston Turquoise Mine. The Royston Turquoise Mine has been owned by the Otteson family for generations and is run by Dean and Donna Otteson of Tonopah, Nevada.

Three years ago the Travel Channel featured the Royston Turquoise Mine on their “Where to find Cash and Treasures” series and so began the Mine tour project. Mining tours was a hit and Dean loves to show off his jewels as well as letting you take some home that you found yourself.

This is a great thing to do if you are interested in authentic Turquoise and believe me, the Otteson’s are 100% authentic Turquoise Miners and would love to have you.

For more information, go to the Royston Turquoise Website Mine Tour page.


Prehistoric Americans Traded Chocolate for Turquoise

Talk most a course deal—prehistoric peoples of Mesoamerica haw hit traded drink for gems from the U.S. Southwest, a newborn think suggests.

Traces of a chemical institute in cacao—the essential fixings in chocolate—were institute in individual crapulence vessels from different sites in metropolis Bonito, a Byzantine of sandstone “great houses” in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Ancestral Puebloan peoples shapely the complex, the epicenter of the ancient Chaco culture, in stages between A.D. 850 and 1150.

But cacao, a equatorial production that grows in Central and South America, was cultivated in past nowadays exclusive in Mesoamerica, a location that stretches from Mexico to Costa Rica (see map).

The findings declare the New Mexico Byzantine also served as a trading hub for Mesoamericans and Puebloans between the 11th and 14th centuries—and that the digit groups had a “much tighter connection” than previously thought, said think cheater Dorothy Washburn.

Visiting Mesoamericans haw hit bartered cacao beans for gems unequalled to the Southwest, much as turquoise, which is famous to hit been mined by Puebloans in what’s today New Mexico. (Take a drink quiz.)

“We’ve erected this surround between the Southwest and Mesoamerica for the full of prehistory, [when] it was meet digit area—the Americas,” said Washburn, of the University of university Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.

“This is meet additional artefact of sight how these grouping interacted.”

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