Archive for December, 2010

Southwest Jewelry Give Away from Durango Silver Co

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Jewelry Give AwaySouthwest Jewelry Give Away– Durango Silver Company started our Jewelry Give Away program last year which was a great success for our company. We gave away over 180 pieces of very nice Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry which pleased many people.

It is our pleasure to continue our Jewelry Give Away program  into and beyond 2011. We will escalate the program by doubling the amount of Jewelry we give away as well as we will make additional efforts to have other businesses in our area to do the same to help promote tourism in Southwestern Colorado and the Four Corners Region. We own and will work with others in the tourism industry to give away lodging, vacation packages, food, gas and more for potential travelers to this area.

Gaspeite Mens Bracelet

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Gaspeite in Silver and Gold Mens Bracelet Gaspeite has become extremely hard to find and superior quality like this is impossible to find for sale. This is a large size Mens Bracelet made in Sterling Silver, 14ky Gold and Gaspeite by Navajo Artist Orvil Tseni.

You can see this Gaspeite Mens Bracelet and read more information on it on its presentation page.

Cutting Bisbee Turquoise

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Processing Bisbee Turquoise
Cutting Bisbee Turquoise

Cutting Bisbee Turquoise from rough material is reasonably easy if you have the proper equipment and knowledge. The first thing you must realize is that Bisbee Turquoise has not been mined, for the most part, since the 1970’s at the latest.  For this reason it is possible that it may have become dried out or unstable and should be cured in water to bring back some moisture in the rock before cutting.

Cutting Bisbee Turquoise from the rough material is done with a diamond saw. It is best to use a lot of water when sawing, I recommend using an cutting agent that can be found at a lapidary supply or having clean water running vigorously on the saw blade when cutting your rock.
I then back the Bisbee slabs, I use a resin mixed with pumice, plaster of paris or any other dirt type material to thicken the resin. I color it with cement coloring that you can get from you local cement company. I then use cement coated nails and glue the backed slabs on the nails with thick super glue and let them set up for 12 hours, I drill holes in a 2×4 to hold the nails in an upright position while drying.
You must have a lapidary machine and I prefer using diamond wheels for cutting, I use a Cab King that can be purchased from Kingsley North ( My machine is set up with 80, 220, 400, 600, 1200 and 3200 grit diamond wheels which I grind, shape and sand the slabs into cabochons, I process with all six cutting wheels. I then use a lapping wheel with Sapphire Powder to give my cabochons the final polish. Using this process will give you a beautiful glassy finish on your Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons or most any other reasonably hard gemstone material.
Finally, I remove the cabochons from the nails with a torch which heats the nails quickly. Once the cabochons are off of the nails I sand the back of the cabochons with my lapping machine or the 80 grit wheel to remove any excess glue. You can also use doping wax to ahear the stones to wooden dowels. If you do this make certain you let the cabochons dry for 6 hours, put them in the freezer for one hour and then quickly remove the stones from the doping sticks with a knife.