Turquoise Gemstones

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.


Inlay Earrings

April 13th, 2015

Inlay Earrings from the American Southwest


inlay earrings

Inlay Earrings from the American Southwest have been made for nearly 100 years. The Zuni Indians of New Mexico began making Inlay Earrings around 1920. Today, The Zuni, Navajo and other contemporary artists from the  Southwest continue to make some of the finest quality Turquoise Earrings in the world. Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company has created an informational page on Inlay Earrings that you can view located on the DurangoSilver.com site – check it out by following this link.

Native American – Inlay Earrings

Native American Inlay Earrings are a good choice when considering Inlay Earrings – Turquoise, Coral or other colored gemstones are use in combination to produce some of the most dynamic and colorful inlaid earrings made globally. There are many factors you may not be aware of when considering your purchase and that is why Dillon has created this page. There are many good photo examples as well as a lot of great information text we are certain will interest you if you are considering Inlay Earrings.

Inlay Earrings from Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company has been in the Turquoise Jewelry business for well over forty years. We have produced and handled Inlay Earrings as well as Turquoise Inlay Earrings for the duration. We have a great supply of Gemstone Inlay Earrings and we are proud to work with Stanley Manygoats who is one of the leading Navajo Inlay Artisans. We invite you to view our informational page on Inlay Earrings and hope you will also take a look at the Earrings we have available.


Castle Dome Turquoise

March 27th, 2015


Castle Dome Turquoise

Castle Dome Turquoise

Castle Dome Turquoise  is one of the America’s Turquoise classics from the days of the past. The light sky Arizona blue Turquoise from the Castle Dome mine, located in  Arizona,  was widely used in Turquoise Jewelry by Native American Jewelry artisans in the mid 1900 period. Between the 1940’s and 1980’s the mine supplied much of the Turquoise used in Zuni Jewelry and Navajo Jewelry. You will find a major share of old pawn jewelry, especially in the cluster, Zuni needle point jewelry, and Zuni petite point jewelry to have Castle Dome Turquoise Cabochons. Castle Dome was widely used as the mine was a high producer in its time.

Arizona Blue – Castle Dome Turquoise

Castle Dome (1943) and Pinto Valley (1972) are located five to eight miles west of Miami in Gila County, along the south slopes of the Porphyry Mountains. Large quantities of copper and Turquoise have been produced from these areas. This Mine produced about 75% chalk grade Turquoise that was stabilized by the Hardy Company of Globe Arizona and about 25% that was quality cutting grade that was used in the American Turquoise Jewelry Industry.  The Castle Dome Turquoise Mine was in its height of production in 1960 and used in the typical Turquoise cluster Bracelets, Rings, Squash Blossom Necklaces and Earrings you will find from that time period.

Castle Dome Turquoise  – An American Heritage

Castle Dome Turquoise played an important part in the history of Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry of the American Southwest in the mid 20th century. It is of an Arizona true blue coloration and it is an important Turquoise from the American Southwest. Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company has created a great informational page on this historic American Treasure at Castle Dome Turquoise – Check it out!

As well as Castle Dome Turquoise – we invite you to check out the different types of Arizona Turquoise!