Archive for November, 2010

Kingman Turquoise by Durango Silver Company

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Kingman Turquoise Story by Durango Silver CoThe Kingman TurquoiseMine was discovered well over a thousand years ago by the Hohokam Indians which were located in what we now call Arizona. It is actually one of the first Turquoise deposits discovered in America and is still going strong today.

The Kingman Turquoise  Mine produces more Turquoise than any other Turquoise Mine in the United States today and a major share of the Turquoise Jewelrythat you see on the market has Kingman Turquoise used as the stone. The Kingman Turquoise Mine produced all qualities of Turquoise and the majority is blue.

Durango Silver Co has created a presentation page on Kingman Turquoise and Kingman Turquoise Jewelry that you may like to take a look at. There are many photo with descriptions and a lot of great information of Kingman Turquoise.

Bisbee Turquoise

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Bisbee Turquoise by Durango SilverThere is no doubt that Bisbee Turquoise is one of the most beautiful types of Turquoise that has been mined in the United States. Bisbee Turquoise ranges in color from light blue to very dark blue with chocolate and/or red colored matrix. There is also green Bisbee Turquoise, however, Bisbee  received its notoriety from its rich clear blue range of colors.

The Matrix in Bisbee Turquoise is substantially different from any other found in the world. It is mineral rich, hard and forms unusual patterns when found in Turquoise. Spider Webbing is found in Bisbee Turquoise, however, it is rare. Red Spider Webbing is usually found in the richest blue colored Bisbee Turquoise and is the rarest of all Bisbee Turquoise found. We have also found Bisbee Turquoise that has formed in crystals.

Many spiritual leaders and Navajo Medicine Menbelieved that Bisbee Turquoise was the best Turquoise to be used for metaphysicalpurposes. It is easy to understand once you realize how many unique minerals have been found in this mine. The earth in and around the Bisbee mine is unbelievably rich in hundreds, if not thousands, of mineral types.

There is very little Bisbee Turquoise available today and due to it’s rarity and beauty it is very valuable. Durango Silver Company had the great fortune to purchase the remaining collection of Bob Matthews and his partner Cecil Mickleson in 2002. We have continued seeking small parcels of Bisbee Turquoise from individuals and have accumulate one of the largest collections of Bisbee Turquoise known. From the facts above, this is not a giant amount of Turquoise and Bisbee Turquoise remains one of the rarest of Turquoise types from the United States!

We have created a good presentation page on Bisbee Turquoise and invite you to view it. The page includes many photos with descriptions and a bunch of good reading material on Bisbee Turquoise.

Blue Diamond Turquoise

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Blue Diamond Turquoise RingsBlue Diamond Turquoise has become very rare, it is beautiful Turquoise but almost extinct! Durango Silver Co has a small stash of it and use it in our Jewelry once in a while. We just put up a large mens Ring on our site and you can see it here. Blue Diamond Turquoise is known for its blue/blue color with mangonese black matrix. It is very striking Turquoise and was mined in the 1960’s.

Here is the description for the Ring; Cable Design large mens Blue Diamond Turquoise ring by John Hartman. This is a top grade American Turquoise men’s ring that focuses on a high grade deep blue and black spider web Turquoise cabochon from the Blue Diamond Turquoise mine in Nevada. This rare Turquoise cabochon has three tones of blue with fine black spider web matrix. This American Turquoise cabochon is surrounded by a plain silver bezel and a flat rope or cable design. This is all set atop a heavy three prong cable designed shank.

Check it out!