Posts Tagged ‘Turquoise’

Number 8 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!

Natural Turquoise Cabochons

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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.

New Turquoise Jewelry by Dillon Hartman

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Dillon Hartman’s Turquoise Jewelry

Gold Turquoise Jewelry by Dillon HartmanDillon Hartman has been making Turquoise Jewelry since he was a small boy learning from his father, prolific Southwestern Jewelry artist John Hartman.  John taught Dillon to hand make Silver Jewelry when Dillon was 8 years old.  At this time John and Estell Hartman had a Jewelry business named “Hartman’s of Durango” where the made Southwestern silver jewelry and Turquoise Jewelry for Cold Water Creek, Zippo Lighter company, and many major department stores.  Dillon Hartman began the process of learning how to make Turquoise Jewelry by helping John Hartman around his silver shop.  Dillon would do odd jobs, helping to assemble jewelry, buff, file, sand, etc. After a few years of learning how to use all the tools and basic skills, John began to teach Dillon the “Lost Wax” casting process. Once proficient in this, Dillon Hartman began to learn how to make basic silver jewelry with hand stamps and hand tools. It was not until 2002 when John Hartman began to teach Dillon to cut Turquoise Cabochons which was the gateway to Dillon making Turquoise Jewelry.

New Turquoise Jewelry

Inlay Turquoise BraceletToday Dillon Hartman makes all kinds of Turquoise Jewelry from Inlay Turquoise Jewelry to old style bezel set silver jewelry and 14k gold jewelry with natural American Turquoise.  Dillon had been on a hiatus making only a few pieces a year and mainly working on www.durangosilver.com and advertising the Hartman family jewelry and Native American Jewelry world wide.  Recently he has been back in the studio and making some beautiful new Turquoise Jewelry and gemstone silver jewelry focusing on old style silver pieces such as bezel set  Turquoise pendants, bracelets, earrings and his favorite Turquoise Rings.  Dillon has been making Turquoise Jewelry with stones from all different Turquoise mines in American and Tibet.  He has also been making gemstone jewelry with Sugilite, Coral, Gaspeite, Silver Ore, and more!  Keep your eyes peeled on DurangoSilver.com for new products from Dillon Hartman.

New Turquoise Jewelry by Dillon

Go to this link to see all of Dillon Hartman’s Jewelry:   Turquoise Jewelry by Dillon Hartman