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Kingman Turquoise originates in the Mineral Park Mining District near Kingman, Arizona. One of the largest American Turquoise mines, it is found in a large open pit copper mine in the high desert country. The Kingman Turquoise Mine district was first mined by American Indians and it was part of the most extensive prehistoric gem workings in Arizona.
Modern production of Turquoise in the Kingman District dates back to the 1880's when James Haas re-discovered the area. Natural Kingman Turquoise ranges in color from light to very dark blue and sometimes tints of green. Matrix can range from white, light brown to black and frequently flecked with pyrite and occasionally quartz. The most famous stones from this mine are rounded bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Few turquoise mines produced nuggets, especially of this quality. In its high-grade form it has always been considered among the top quality American turquoise. This high blue color has become a “color standard” in the industry, reflected by the name “Kingman Blue”.
However, much of the turquoise from Kingman occurs as seams, masses and veins, rather then in nugget form. Besides the nugget form, the most desirable Kingman turquoise is a deep blue with molybdenum pyrite; also, deep blue with pyrite as well as in a “bird's eye” pattern with “water web” matrix.
The mine is owned & Operated by the Colbaugh family’s company, Colbaugh Processing. While old natural Kingman turquoise is rare, they have recently gone back into older sections of the Kingman mine and are bringing out some new natural Kingman Turquoise. Although there are quantities of this fine natural deep blue turquoise available, the largest percentage of turquoise mined at Kingman is being treated or stabilized. There are several other names for the turquoise coming out of the Kingman mining district: Ithaca Peak, Old Man Mine, Kingman Duval, Courtland, The Wall and Turquoise Mountain, just to mention a few.
Note; For those of you that do not realize what is happening in the Turquoise Market - The Chinese are now buying and collecting Turquoise and they are serious! By the end of 2013, the Chinese had bought up almost all of the remaining Sleeping Beauty Turquoise which has escalated the price of it by over 500% in the past 6 months. They are now onto
Kingman Turquoise as it is the last Arizona Blue Turquoise being mined. The Chinese invest in only the best quality collectibles and we predict they will drive the value of Kingman Turquoise, especially Spiderweb, beyond your imagination! If you are a Turquoise Collector, you should buy Kingman Turquoise NOW!
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