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Mongolia’s Turquoise Hill Mine | Mongolian Turquoise

Mongolian Turquoise News

There could be a lot more of the outstanding Mongolian Turquoise to come out of Mongolia. Rio Tinto Mining and the Mongolian government recently closed a deal to actively produce the Turquoise Hill Mine in Mongolia.  For all of us in the Turquoise world, we hope that this will mean more of the gorgeous water web blue Mongolian Turquoise!  If you have never seen Mongolian Turquoise you probably do not know that it is some of the most beautiful natural Turquoise in the world.   This Turquoise has been coming out of the mines in a beautiful blue with water web matrix or spider web matrix.  Mongolian Turquoise is relatively new to the western market, but has a long history in Asia.

 

Mongolian Government and Rio Tinto make a deal on Mongolian Turquoise Hill Mine

 

KHANBOGD-SOUTH GOBI DESERT, MONGOLIA – OCTOBER 8: Mongolian herders live near the OyuTolgoi mine October 8, 2012 in the south Gobi desert, Khanbogd region, Mongolia. The Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolian for Turquoise Hill) copper and gold mine is a combined open pit and underground mining project. The site, discovered in 2001, is located approximately 550 km south of the Mongolian capital, Ulan-Batar in the South Gobi Desert. Turquoise Hill Resources (Formerly Ivanhoe Mines) and Rio Tinto signed a long-term comprehensive investment agreement with the Government of Mongolia in 2009 with the deal awarding Turquoise Hill Resources, whose majority shareholder is Rio Tinto, with a controlling 66 percent interest and The Mongolian Government with a 34 percent interest in the project. Rio Tinto provided a comprehensive financing package and assumed direct management of the project under an agreement with Ivanhoe Mines. Initial production from open pit mining is currently underway and commercial production is planned to start in first half of 2013. An 85million USD investment was earmarked for education and training projects, with Mongolians expected to constitute 90 percent of the work force when production begins in 2013. When Oyu Tolgoi starts fully operating Mongolia will be set to become one of the world’s top copper and gold producers with production estimates of 450,000 tons of copper and 330,000 ounces of gold annually. Mongolia is currently the world’s fastest growing economy with its GDP increasing by more than 17 percent last year and an estimated $1.3 trillion in untapped mineral resources. Oyu Tolgoi (the Turquoise Hill Mine) is Mongolia’s largest foreign investment project and the country’s biggest economic undertaking to date, which is projected to add one-third of future value to the country’s GDP by 2020.

Mongolian Turquoise

Mongolian TurquoiseMongolian Turquoise has undoubtable been sold over the years as many other brands of Turquoise.  Many people mistake it for Tibetan Turquoise or Chinese Turquoise.  Mongolian Turquoise has also been falsly sold as Morenci Turquoise, Kingman Turquoise and Turquoise from various spiderweb Turquoise mines in Nevada.  This is sad, Mongolian Turquoise is far to fine to be sold as anything else.  Anyone should be proud to own Mongolian Turquoise or Mongolian Turquoise Jewelry.  Hopefully the opening of the Turquoise Hill mine will lead to large discoveries of fabulous natural Turquoise and will raise awareness of this gorgeous Turquoise.

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Blue Moon Turquoise Mine Reopened

The Blue Moon Turquoise Mine Reopened

 

Blue Moon TurquoiseIn the past Turquoise from the Blue Moon Turquoise mine has been rare and hard to come by.  The Blue Moon Turquoise Mine is located in Esmerelda County, Nevada. For the last two months the Blue Dream Mining Company has been working this old mine. The turquoise produced has the most Beautiful High Grade and Gem Grade Black Spider-Webbed patterned, Dark Blue Turquoise that has been seen in a very long time. The Blue Moon mine is producing a light to medium blue Turquoise also with a nice spider webbing, has a black chert, with brown as host rock. The Beautiful High Grades and Gem Grades are to die fore! It was just a real pleasure to see such nice High Grade and Gem Grade Turquoise being produced. I’m sure this will be destined to be another sought after American Turquoise by Jewelry’s and Collectors alike.

The Blue Moon Turquoise mine was recently re-opened in the fall of 2011.

 In the past this material has not been seen much and therefore is considered very rare and hard to come by.  This will now change, not that the value will change much because most of this material will go to elite jewelers and collectors!

Blue Moon Turquoise Mine Has New Owners

 

Blue Moon Turquoise BeadsThe Blue Moon Turquoise mine is now owned and operated by Blue Dream mining company, aka the Ottesons.  The Blue Moon Turquoise mine is owned by Dean and Donna Otteson of Tonopah, Nevada.  The Otteson own several Turquoise mines including the Blue Moon Turquoise mine, the Royston Turquoise mine, the White Buffalo Turquoise mine, and many more!  The Otteson’s have been mining Turquoise in Nevada for several generations and are considered to be some of the last real Turquoise miners in America.  The Blue Moon Turquoise mine is their newest Turquoise mine the Ottesons have aquired.  The Blue Moon Turquoise mine will now be properly mined and we will all benefit!

 

Blue Moon Turquoise Mine Turquoise Looks

Blue Moon Turquoise Earrings

 

 The Blue Moon Turquoise mine produces several looks of Turquoise.  The mine mainly produces a light blue colored Turquoise.  The Blue Moon Turquoise mine has always been known for black spider web Turquoise.  Today the Blue Moon Turquoise mine is producing both black spider web Turquoise and a clear blue Turquoise.  The Blue Moon Turquoise mine also produces on occasion water web or birdseye Turquoise.   Most of the Blue Moon Turquoise coming out today is a light Robin’s Egg Blue to a medium blue.  It is rare to get a deep blue Turquoise.  It is extra rare to get a deep blue black spider web Turquoise from the Blue Moon Turquoise mine.  The high grade Blue Moon Turquoise is hard and between a 5 – 6 on the Mohs scale.

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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.

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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

Turquoise Bracelets – The perfect fashion accessory

Turquoise bracelets on Sarah Jessica ParkerThroughout the ages one of the most popular fashions in jewelry and personal adornments has been the Turquoise bracelet. The first people to wear the Turquoise Bracelet were the egyptians. Today Turquoise bracelets can be seen adorning peoples from every race, creed, color and social class.

Without a doubt, bracelets are one of the oldest forms of turquoise jewelry, adorning the wrists of both the wealthy and royalty since ancient Egyptian times. Worn to beautify the wrists and arms of their wearer, turquoise bracelets are both simple and versatile, making them a popular jewelry accessory in all eras.Turquoise Jewelry on Eva Mendez

Lately Turquoise Bracelets have been showing up on all the celebs.  Turquoise can be seen on John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Steven Tyler, J.Lo, Robin Roberts from GMA, and many many more stars.  Lately it seems like there is not a celebrity that does not have  Turquoise Jewelry in their collection.

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