Posts Tagged ‘Spiderweb 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.

Number 8 Turquoise | Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise

Number 8 Turquoise

Many years ago Estell and I, (John and Estell Hartman,) unknowingly met one of the most important Turquoise Miners in the history of American Turquoise Mining, Cutler Edgar. In 1973, we rolled into Battle Mountain, Nevada and started asking who to talk to about buying Turquoise, we were led to Cutler Edgar who lived in Battle Mountain. We went to his house and he was in the back yard cobbing Turquoise – cobbing Turquoise is when you clean the host rock off of the Turquoise with a miners pick. We sat with him for about 3 hours that day and he invited us to come back tomorrow, we did and we helped him cob Stormy Mountain Turquoise all day.  At the end of the day, Cutler asked if we wanted to go up to the mine tomorrow, of course we did – so off we went the next day and we brought back about 30 lbs that afternoon – we cobbed it until dark and he gave it to us.  On that trip, we mined Stormy Mountain Turquoise with Cutler for about 5 days and ended up leaving with about 350 lbs of awesome rough material.

One of the conversations was about his many years mining Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise and how wonderful that experiance was because most of the material had spiderweb matrix. Cutler was obsessed with Spiderweb Turquoise and the Number 8 Turquoise Mine was probibly the finest deposit of Spiderweb Turquoise that has ever been found in the United States. We ended up getting a bunch of Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise when we went to Dowell Wards, one of Cutlers best friends as well as his backer. We were amazed to see a wearhouse loaded with 55 gallon barrels of Number 8 Turquoise – it was an awesome experiance. We still have some of that Turquoise Today! Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise is historical as well as beautiful!

Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise – Spiderweb

Although Dowell Ward had thousand of lbs of Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise, we dumped about a barrel of Turquoise out and most of it was very soft, chalky material, it was a powder blue and some of it was hard – say maybe 5% so, Estell and I were not interested in that. We just went through and found about 100 lbs of hard spiderwebbed Number 8 Turquoise and left the rest. When we got it back to Albuquerque, we cut a bunch of the Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise into cabochons and started making Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise Jewelry – it was beautiful!

Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise and Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company has made a lot of Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise Jewelry in the past and will continue to produce Jewelry with Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise in the future. These days, we do not have great excesses of this material, however, we are alway on the look out so we do not tend you use up our remaining stock. Number 8 Turquoise and especially if it has spiderwebbing is highly collectible and well worth your time seeking if you like high grade American Turquoise.

We have created a very nice informational page on Number 8 Spideweb Turquoise and another on Number 8 Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons, we invite you to check them out!

Damele Spiderweb Turquoise

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


Damele Spiderweb Turquoise

We invite you to visit our new informational page on Damele Spiderweb Turquoise created by Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company. There are several good photos of the different variations of Damele Turquoise with spiderweb matrix. There is also a good amount of educational information that will help you understand the beauty and value of this beautiful gemstone.

Damele Spiderweb Turquoise Image

Natural Damele Spiderweb Turquoise

Turquoise from the Damele Mine, in general, is hard and there is no need for enhancements or stabilization. This is a quality gemstone, most of collectors, as well as investment grade. A good amount of Damele Turquoise has spiderweb matrix and a good amount is of rich deep green coloration from lime to emerald green.

Visit our Damele Spiderweb Turquoise Informational Page

Our Damele Spiderweb Turquoise informational page can be viewed by following the link in this sentence. We also invite you to view our Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons and our Spiderweb Turquoise presentations – all of these pages are well worth your time if you are interested in high quality Turquoise.

We hope you enjoy our presentation on Damele Spiderweb Turquoise.