Archive for the ‘Turquoise’ Category

Natural Turquoise Cabochons

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Natural Turquoise Cabochons

Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons from Durango Silver Company – Leaders in Authentic High-Grade American Turquoise for over forty years!

Natural Turquoise Cabochons by Durango Silver Company

John Hartman, founder of Durango Silver Company, began his life in Turquoise by mining with Cutler Edgar and Dowell Ward of Nevada USA. By the late 1960′s John had got the Turquoise bug from his room mate Steve, a Native American from the Taos Pueblo. Steve taught John a lot about Turquoise and went on to introduce him to many knowledgeable people in the trade. John mined with Cutler at the Stormy Mountain Mine and with Cutler and Dowell at the #8 Turquoise Mine. John was taught early on by Cutler and Dowell that high-grade natural Turquoise Cabochons were the only type to cut if you wanted to have a good market for his product.

Hand Cut Natural Turquoise Cabochons

It was not long after John began accumulating Turquoise that he learned how to cut Turquoise into cabochons. Both John and wife Estell began cutting Turquoise together and would cut about 300 cabochons per week. It was not long and they began making Turquoise Jewelry and the business grew exponentially immediately as high quality natural Turquoise cabochons were expensive to buy so most Jewelry manufacturers used medium grade Turquoise Stones in their Jewelry. Hand Cut Natural Turquoise Cabochons was the key to John and Estell’s success in the Turquoise business.

Natural Turquoise Cabochons

Today, more than forty years later, the entire Hartman family; John, Estell, Dillon, Nattarika and Crystal are all deeply involved in the Turquoise Business and cutting more Turquoise Cabochons then ever. John and son Dillon cut natural Turquoise cabochons on a daily basis and sell them on DurangoSilver.com – you can see examples at http://www.durangosilver.com/turquoise_cabochons_35_ctg.htm.

You can also see some good examples of Natural Turquoise Cabochons at; http://www.pinterest.com/durangosilver/natural-turquoise-cabochons/ as well as http://www.durangosilver.com/natural-turquoise-cabochons.html

We hope you will think of Durango Silver Company the next time you are searching for Natural Turquoise Cabochons.

Royston Turquoise Gemstones

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Royston Turquoise Gemstones from
Durango Silver Company

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Royston Turquoise Gemstones

 We have developed a very interesting page on Royston Turquoise Gemstones that you are certain to love. This page is locate at Royston Turquoise Gemstones, it has many fantastic photographs of Royston Turquoise Gemstones along with descriptions of what is on each photo and more.

Royston Turquoise Gemstone Cabochons on Pinterest

We have also created a new Royston Turquoise Cabochon photo page on Pinterest where we will  add new photos of Royston Turquoise Gemstones and Cabochons as we cut  them, follow the link in this sentence.

Royston Turquoise Gemstones by Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company has been in the Turquoise business for well over forty years.
Royston Turquoise is one of our specialties and we have a lot or Royston and we cut a lot on a regular basis.

We worked with the Travel Channel to create a video for the Otteson’s (owners of the Royston Mine) in 2007 and you can view a short flick on it here, Check it out!

We invite you to check out our information page on Royston Turquoise Gemstones, we think you will be glad you did

A Lander Blue Turquoise Story

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

A True Story About Lander Blue Turquoise


Lander Blue Turquoise BraceletLately we have been thinking a lot about how to really give our fans and patrons something back.  We decided we are going to start publishing one of the Hartman’s true stories from the road, Turquoise collecting, and Jewelry making.  We recently purchased a neat collection of Lander Blue Turquoise from a gentleman who’s father had collected the natural Lander Blue Turquoise and cut it into cabochons in the mid 1970′s – 1980′s.  This inspired us to tell one of the story John often tells our family whenever Lander Blue Turquoise comes up.

Lander Blue Turquoise Miss Hap

Lander Blue Turquoise Ring

A Story from John, Estell and I had spent the winters of 1970 – 1972 making Jewelry by waking at 5:30 am each morning to work by 6:00 am. We worked hard all day until 6:00 pm six days per week and on Sundays we would cut 350 stones for the following week as we would make 50 rings per day, 70 pendant or 15 bracelets. Monday am’s we would go down to Rio Grande on Edith in Albuquerque to buy our Silver and supplies for the this week. Week after week for eight months – we did this. In May we left Albuquerque with of over 800 lbs of Jewelry that we had made. Previously, John was working in his fathers machine shop making missile parts for Los Alamos laboratories. We headed for Yellowstone, Jackson’s Hole, Cody, Cooke City, Gardener, West Yellowstone and then back to Jackson – and we did this several times as they kept buying and buying and buying. We stayed there the entire summer as business was so good! When we left in late August, we had made $250,000. Wow!!! Money in the Bank!

Lander Blue Turquoise Ring in 14k GoldWe immediately headed for Nevada to stock up on high grade rough Turquoise to cut the following winter season, one of the varieties of Turquoise we were after was natural Lander Blue Turquoise spiderweb. We drove to Battle Mountain and ended up in Cutler Edgars back yard cobbing Turquoise in the middle of September We went on to pay Cutler 30,000.00 for 100 lbs of the finest Stormy Mountain Nevada Turquoise we had ever seen. When we were ready to leave Cutler Edgar’s house he sent us to the Hotel in the middle of town to look at their Lander Blue Turquoise.

 

We did go to the hotel and we purchased 1000 carats @ $4.00 per carat for cut stones and rough dime sized nuggets. They put them in a brown paper bag and we were so over whelmed, with our Stormy Mountain purchase we just through the 1000 carats of natural Lander Blue Turquoise in the back of the seat and never saw them again. Honestly, we think we may have thrown them away later thinking they were our lunch bagg instead of Turquoise.   We were bummed when we realized what happened.  Can you image what that many carats would be worth today at 200-300 dollars per carat?

At the time we lived in Albuquerque and Lander Blue was the big hype so we called Cutler and told him what happened.  Cutler went down to the Hotel and got us 2000 carats of Lander Blue and Lander Blue dime sized nuggets and sent them over. So, we did end up getting a bit more Lander Blue Turquoise, but we will never forget what we did.  How silly.  I am sure nobody would make that mistake today!

Lander Blue TurquoiseRecently we were mining with Dean Otteson at the Royston Turquoise mine and on the way to the mine one day we were shootin’ the breeze and he happened to mention a funny story he had about Lander Blue Turquoise.  He was telling Dillon and I about how he took this Japanese man up to the mine to show him around, this was before the started their mining tours (http://www.roystonturquoise.com), and the whole time he was showing this Japanese man the mines, the man had a brief case cuffed to his arm.  Dean was baffled by this.  Being a country man himself, he thought it was a silly idea, I mean if someone really wanted the stuff in their they would certainly hurt you to get that brief case off your arm.  Anyways, at the end of the day he asked the Japanese man, what’d ya got in there?  The Japanese man was hesitant, but finally opened the brief case and showed Dean about 200 carats of Lander Blue cabochons and proceeded to tell Dean he paid $60,000.00 USD for the Turquoise.  Dean was blown away.   The short and long of sharing this story is… imagine how much moneys worth of Lander Blue we mistaken for our lunch and threw away in today’s market.  As I said before, I am sure nobody would do that today.  I guess we sure learned a lesson.  Today we feel like the Japanese man when it comes to our finest.  We save all of our finest Turquoise from the best pieces of Gold Jewelry and Silver Jewelry. 


Thank you for reading out TRUE story about Lander Blue Turquoise.