Posts Tagged ‘Turquoise’

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

Turquoise Fashion for Spring

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Turquoise is a Fashion Staple and The Rage In Spring

Turquoise Fashion

Turquoise is an extremely popular color this upcoming season for it’s beautiful, fresh, and bright color tones. Turquoise is a very popular color for spring and summer to brighten up your wardrobe as well as your mood. Having said this there is so much more to this color than just it’s alluring tone. Turquoise is actually believed to be one of the oldest amulets of protection and it was also a sign of wealth in ancient cultures. It is believed that this gemstone will rid the person who wears it of negativity and bring them good fortune. This gemstone is very personal and supposedly takes on characteristics of the wearer.  Turquoise can come in many different colors, but the common tones are a baby blue to an aqua blue-green, especially when used in fashion.

Turquoise Earrings

Some other fun facts on Turquoise:

Planet: Venus and JupiterColor: Blue-green

Energies: Luck, Love, Protection and Healing

Chakra: Fifth chakra, Throat

So, next time you are in a store lost in a sea of colors, not knowing which one you would like to try out as a new addition to your wardrobe, why not go for one that may actually bring you good fortune, Turquoise? Even though it is believed that the actual stone Turquoise will bring all the good energies, the color Turquoise also reflects a positive attitude on the person wearing it.

Turquoise For Spring And Summer

Turquoise is a great fashion color for Spring and Summer.  Most fashionistas wear Turquoise heavily in Spring and roll it over into fall, but for those who truly love the color it can be  a year round fashion statement, and even a lift time fashion statement. Turquoise can be very addicting.  When you add a splash of Turquoise to your outfit it automatically adds a cheerful and spring like feel to your look. Most people look great in Turquoise.  The natural color of Turquoise seems to highlight all skin types and looks exceptionally great on olive, red, brown or darker skin. Take Turquoise Fashion from your spring wardrobe and blend it into your summer attire and eventually your year round wardrobe.

To sum it up… make the beautiful and natural fashion color a larger part of your wardrobe.  The color of the sky stone will make you look more cheerful, colorful, prosperous and happy.