Posts Tagged ‘American Turquoise’

Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise

Water Web Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise in a Sterling Silver ring by Dillon Hartman

Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise Information

The Lone Mountain turquoise mine is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada,
not far from Tonopah. It has been one of the great producers of Nevada
. The color ranges from a beautiful clear blue to a dark
blue spider web Turquoise. Lone Mountain has always been noted
for holding its color. To this day jewelry can be found that was made
in the 1930’s or 1940’s with Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise
just as blue as when it was made.

To the left is a handmade Sterling Silver ring that features some
of the newer natural Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise that has come out within
the last 5-10 years. This piece of Turquoise has a special kind of spiderweb matrix called “water web” matrix and beautiful pastel blue color to it.

The mine was claimed by Lee Hand and named Blue Jay Mining Lode. Later,
after seeing that so many mines had been named Blue Jay, Hand changed
the mine’s name to Lone Mountain. In 1927 at a depth of about 40
feet Bert Kopenhaver, who had leased the mine from Hand, found the beautiful
Spider Web Turquoise material that made Lone Mountain one of
the top mines in the Southwest. Today, Lone Mountain’s beautiful
blue spider web still gives Lander
, the most valuable Turquoise in the world, a run for its money.
The mine has continued to change hands over the years and even now a
small amount of good material is being produced.The mine has many rare occurrence such as the “fossil turquoise”
finds in this mine. Plant fossils and sometimes seashells that have
dissolved away leaving only the cavities were filled with Turquoise
deposits which are usually Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise.
My favorite are the reeds that have been fossilized and make natural
beads that already have wholes in them. Turquoise nuggets in moss agate
have also been found. The most famous Turquoise from the mine is the Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise.
Lone Mountain Turquoise and Gold  Ring

More Detailed Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise Information

Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise refers to the variety of Turquoise from the mine which has matrix patterns that look like a spider’s web. You can see this clearly in the ring above.  Over the decades the Lone Mountain Turquoise mine has produced many different varieties of Turquoise from pale blue to deep blue, no matrix, dendrite Turquoise, and the famous Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise.

Castle Dome Turquoise

Friday, 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!

Turquoise Learning Center

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Turquoise Learning Center

We have created a wonderful directory of informational pages on Turquoise, it is located at “Turquoise Learning Center” within the website. Our Turquoise Learning Center is a one stop shop for learning anything you would like to know about Turquoise, go there and check it out as we are certain if you are interested in Turquoise This will be an important bookmark for you.

Turquoise Learning Center

Find great information on Bisbee Turquoise from our Turquoise Learning Center directory.

Turquoise Learning Center by Durango Silver Company

In our Turquoise Learning Center you will find about one hundred links to individual informational pages that we have made on different Turquoise subjects. Here you will find categories of pages such as American Turquoise, Famous Turquoise Mines and Types, Turquoise Lore, Spiritual Beliefs, Turquoise Cabochons and Global Turquoise Deposits. In these categories you will find many different pages within these subjects, believe me – this is an extensive database of informational pages on Turquoise. All these pages have great photos which equate to hundreds of high quality Turquoise Photographic examples. If you are interested in Turquoise or you want to learn more about Turquoise, our Turquoise Learning Center is a must!

Learning about Turquoise by leading authorities – A Turquoise Learning Center

Durango Silver Company has been in the Turquoise business for over 40 years. We have mined Turquoise, we have collected high grade Turquoise for over 40 years, we have been stone cutters for over 40 years and we know Turquoise better than the backs of our hands! We have created over one hundred informational pages on Turquoise for your education and entertainment and they are free for you to enjoy. We invite you to view and bookmark our Turquoise Learning Center educational directory – it is an important tool for anyone interested in authentic Turquoise. If you like and appreciate this directory you will also appreciate our Turquoise Jewelry Learning Center which can be found by following this link.

We hope you enjoy our Turquoise Learning Center!