Archive for the ‘Turquoise’ Category

Turquoise Facts

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

General Turquoise Facts

Here is a little post about Turquoise Information and Facts.  We will update you on the basics of one of the world’s most popular stones giving you a little of the Turquoise facts you need to know to by the right stone. Turquoise is a sky-blue or green translucent to opaque basic aluminium phosphate that contains copper. It has been revered as a gemstone for millenniums. The name “Turquoise” comes from the French “turqueise”, meaning “Turkish stone”, because it was first transported to Europe via a Turkish nation. The color that we recognize as Turquoise was named after this gemstone.

More Turquoise Facts

Here some quick historical Turquoise Facts for you. Turquoise was used by the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs as a jewelry gemstone and decorative stone. King Tutankhamun’s burial mask and tomb was inlaid with Turquoise. The ancient Egyptians believed that the color blue was a symbol of regeneration, so turquoise was treasured for both decorative and superstitious purposes. Another Turquoise Fact is that the Meso – Americans created Turquoise mosaics and the Chinese carved Turquoise into ornaments. Turquoise was also used by Native Americans in works of art and jewelry, some of whom believed that it possessed protective properties. The Tibetans believe in the healing properties of Turquoise and have valued turquoise jewelry for centuries.

Turquoise Facts

Quality Turquoise Facts

Read a few Turquoise Facts and learn something new. Turquoise is a sedimentary gemstone, meaning, moisture seeps through the upper crust of the earth which has copper, iron and aluminum sulfates – the gem quality Turquoise is formed from highly concentrated minerals that are deposited into pockets and crevices in the earth that have the perfect conditions to create this rare gemstone. High Quality Turquoise is rich in color and above a 5 in hardness on the Mohs’ hardness scale.

Typically, when mining Turquoise there is a lot of overburden or host rock where Turquoise is found, it has to be removed to get to the medium quality stone that is usable in its natural state. Gem quality Turquoise, which is called high grade, runs in small pockets or thin veins sporadically among the medium quality Turquoise. The miner is always on the watch for high grade and when found, all operations stop to take special care not to damage the high grade.

BIsbee Turquoise - Turquoise Information

Modern Spiritualists consider Turquoise to have the Turquoise Spiritual Properties to be of spiritual attunement, cleansing, protection and prosperity and a symbol of the Earth and sky, good fortune and success. The Turquoise Spiritual Properties are wonderful and helpful to most people. – See more at: http://www.durangosilver.com/turqspiritual.htm

We hope you have learned a little basic history, knowledge, Turquoise Facts, and Turquoise Information.

Inlay Dangle Earrings

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Inlay Dangle Earrings

Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company has created a great educational page on Inlay Dangle Earrings that we think you will really appreciate. There are many photo examples as well as a lot of information text, check out this educational page as it will help you realize this great jewelry coming out of Durango, Colorado.

Turquoise Dangle Earrings

John and Dillon Hartman have been mining and collecting high grade natural Turquoise for over 40 years. We use this fine quality Turquoise in our Inlay Dangle Earrings as well as the Turquoise Dangle Earrings we have made for us by Native American Artisans such as Stanley Manygoats.

Inlay Dangle Earrings by Durango Silver Company

We invite you to visit our presentation on a very special type of earring that is made right here in the American Southwest – Inlay Dangle Earrings! These fine designs are one of your American Heritages that are hand made in the USA.

Turquoise Gemstones

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Turquoise Gemstones

Turquoise Gemstones have been held sacred for thousands of years by ancient Kings, Pharaoh’s, Tribal leaders, Healers and Royalty worldwide. It was actually one of the first gemstones found by mankind over 7,000 years ago in Egypt, Turquoise found in ancient tombs have been carbon dated back to 5,500 B.C.. Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company has created a great informational page we are certain you will appreciate, it can be viewed by going to his Turquoise Gemstones page on DurangoSilver.com – Check It Outq!

Turquoise Gemstones

Quality Turquoise Gemstones

Quality Turquoise Gemstones that are natural and authentic are difficult to come by! Our family has been mining, collecting and cutting high quality Turquoise for over forty years, we have found less than 10% of the Turquoise that we have cut has been of quality Turquoise Gemstone grade. In this informational page you will find many photos of some of the rare Turquoise Gemstones that we have cut in the past along with Dillon’s comments on each photo and the Turquoise Stones that are in it.

Quality Turquoise Gemstones is one of our specialties at Durango Silver Company. We began our Turquoise business by mining Turquoise in Nevada and Arizona USA, we mined with some of the most historic Turquoise Miners of the American Southwest. John Hartman had a Turquoise Gemstone cutting shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 1970′s, prior to moving to Durango. John and his staff cut thousands of carats of high-grade Turquoise such as Bisbee Turquoise, Morenci Turquoise, Blue Gem Turquoise, Number 8 Turquoise and other that he sold and traded to the Navajo Silversmiths as well as the Jewelry supply houses around New Mexico and Arizona. John continued cutting Turquoise in Durango, Colorado and still does today. The Hartman family has a great Turquoise rough collection that they have accumulated over that past 40 years.

Investment Grade Turquoise Gemstones

High-grade Turquoise and Turquoise Gemstones have escalated in value on a continuous bases throughout the years that Durango Silver Company has been in business, however, in the past two years they have increased in value over 100%. Buyers of investment grade Turquoise Gemstones will all tell you the same thing, High-grade Turquoise Gemstones are priceless as they are so very hard to find.

We invite you to view our Informational page on Turquoise Gemstones, we believe you will appreciate this presentation and find it to have a lot of valuable information on Investment Quality Turquoise Gemstones. We also think this information will help you understand this gemstone is an American heritage that is valuable and may be a good investment for you.