Did you know that Turquoise was one of the very first gemstones found by man? It is true! Turquoise was first found in Egypt over 7,500 years ago - Pharaoh's and Spiritual leaders of ancient times believed that Turquoise was put on earth by the great ones above and for the next several thousand years Tribal and Spiritual Leaders from many different regions of the world had the same analogy of Turquoise - Turquoise is the Sky Stone sent from the great ones above that possesses great spiritual as well as metaphysical powers.
I gave Estell a friendship token when she was 13 years old, it was a Natural Turquoise Cabochon Pendant! This began a relationship that has stood the test of time and now 47 years later Estell and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that all live in Durango, Colorado and are all deeply involved in the Turquoise Business. Our family has a true love and appreciation for Turquoise and realize that our family has been blessed from its roots by Turquoise. We believe, we are living proof that Turquoise does posses spiritual as well as metaphysical powers and we believe Turquoise must be Real and Natural to be of value - spiritual, metaphysical or monetary.
The Hartman's of Durango Silver Company have been collecting, mining and cutting American Turquoise for over 40 years - our specialty has always been Top quality Turquoise from Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. In our eyes, it is of the utmost importance that we trade in Natural Turquoise as well as Natural Turquoise Cabochons! We assure and gaurantee you, our Turquoise Cabochons are authentic Turquoise!
We Buy High-grade Natural Rough Turquoise - We Sell High-grade Natural Turquoise Cabochons
Above is a 156 carat Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon, hand cut, by John Hartman in April of 2013 - This is an authentic, natural, red spider web Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon. Turquoise of this quality is very rarely seen and quite valuable, we are always in the market for high-grade Bisbee Turquoise as well as all other rich blue Arizona Turquoise, rough or cut. You can read more about Bisbee Turquoise on our Bisbee Turquoise website - Bisbee Turquoise
The photo above shows you many different examples of natural
Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons from the Bisbee Mine located in southern Arizona,
just south of the town of Bisbee.
This Turquoise was taken out of the Mine long before enhancing Turquoise began, John Hartman of Durango Silver Company purchased the Bob Matthews and Cecil Mickelson collection in 2001. Bob Matthews had the only legal contract to excavate Turquoise from the Bisbee Mine and did so with his brother-in-law, Cecil Mickelson from 1966 to 1978. Today, the Hartman family may have the worlds largest collection of authentic natural Bisbee Turquoise. One thing we can tell you for certain is that the Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons that John and Dillon Hartman cut are authentic, natural Bisbee Turquoise!
This photo displays many variations and color ranges of Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons with natural spider web matrix. Here are several cabochons with red matrix, the red coloring is caused from high iron concentrates, it is rare and it is beautiful when found in Turquoise. We invite you to view our Bisbee Turquoise Slide Show to see many more variations of Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons. Another good link is our is our Bisbee Turquoise Video. If you are interested in purchasing the finest quality Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons, we invite you to view what we have to offer.
The natural Royston Turquoise Cabochons in the photo above are beautiful Nevada green Turquoise that is bold in color and very attractive to the eye. The Otteson's, (mine owners), have been adamant that Royton Turquoise is never treated in any way so you can be pretty darn certain you are getting natural Turquoise when you buy Royston. We have a good presentation on our Royston Turquoise Website as well as many pages here on DurangoSilver.com. You can find these page by following the links within each informational webpage.
If you have natural high-grade Royston Turquoise rough or cut, we are interested in purchasing it from you! If you are interested in purchasing the best Royston Turquoise Cabochons available, Durango Silver Company is the place as we are cutters of Royston Turquoise and we are known buyers - we put most of our Royston Turquoise Cabochons up here.
High Quality Natural Turquoise Cabochons are actually very rare! My educated guess is that less than 1% of the Turquoise that comes out of the average, well known, American Turquoise Mine produces High Quality Natural Turquoise Cabochons. We have been in the Turquoise business for over 40 years, we have one of the finest collections of high-grade known and cut on a regular basis - if you are interested in purchasing High-grade Turquoise Cabochons follow this link.
Above and to the left is a Blue Gem Turquoise Cabochon hand cut by Dillon Hartman from the Durango Silver Company Blue Gem Turquoise collection. There were two Blue Gem Turquoise Mines, one was located near Battle Mountain, Nevada and the other near Tonopah, Nevada. The Blue Turquoise with this coloration is from the northern Blue Gem Mine located near Battle Mountain. The Battle Mountain Blue Gem Mine produced Turquoise from about 1955 to 1985.
Above and to the right is a Tonopah Blue Gem Turquoise Gemstone. This Turquoise Mine was located in the Royston Hills, it produced a lot of fine quality Turquoise from about 1935 to 1965. The Blue Gem Mine gave way to many other great Turquoise deposits such as the Royston Turquoise Mine and the Easter Blue Turquoise Mine. There are many shades of blue/greens to lime and emerald greens that came from this mine - in general, this Turquoise is very hard and takes a glass like finish. This specimen above was cut by John Hartman from the Durango Silver Company Blue Gem Turquoise Collection - it weighs 22 carats.
Above and to the left is a beautiful Turquoise cabochon from the Kings Manassa Turquoise Mine which is located near Manassa, Colorado USA. This specimen was cut by Bill King, the owner of the Kings Manassa Turquoise Mine for many decades. The King family have been a close friends of the Hartmans for over 40 years, John, Dillon and Bill go way back and cherish many great experiences from their colorful past. This Manassa Turquoise Mine is believed to have been discovered by Native Americans nearly 2000 years ago.
The beautiful rich blue Turquoise cabochon to the upper right came from the Pilot Mountains, which are located northeast of Tonopah, Nevada. Dillon and I mined this rock near the top of the Pilot Mountains many years ago - the rich deep blue in this fine Turquoise stone is spectacular! This Turquoise grew in very fine seams or crevices in its host rock, Ryolite.
Above and to the left is a naturally water-webbed Morenci Turquoise Cabochon with wonderful character. This beautiful gemstone was cut by Dillon Hartman, it came from a rock I purchased from the Brown Turquoise Company in 1974, which was located in Gallup, NM. In this period of time I was buying beer flats of Morenci Turquoise from the Browns and as I recall, I was paying about 120.00 per pound - I was able to hand pick the Turquoise at that time. It was mostly wafer material with a fair amount of iron pyrite matrix, I also purchased larger rocks that were deep blue with heavy iron pyrite spider web matrix for $250.00 per LB, however, the high-grade was very limited.
The Morenci Turquoise Stone above and to the right is awesome with iron pyrite matrix, the iron pyrite looks like Silver, very shiny and attractive. Iron pyrite was often found in Morenci Turquoise, but, with great matrix configuration like this stone - very rare! This stone is from the high-grade Turquoise the Browns were selling in the 1970's. I cut this Morenci Turquoise Cabochon in the mid 1970's and was very excited about it way back then.
Above and to the left is a natural Arizona Blue Turquoise Stone from the Kingman Turquoise Mine located near Kingman, Arizona. In 2009, the Colbaugh's ran into a great cash of spider webbed Turquoise rock. There are many variations in this spider web Turquoise from blue-green to rich blue with black spider web matrix. High Grade Natural Kingman Turquoise has water webbing, red Spider Webbing and black spiderwebbing, it is available as it is located in the mine and years of mining can go by with none.
Above and to the right are three Natural Turquoise Cabochons from the Number 8 Mine that was located in Northern Nevada, near Battle Mountain. This Turquoise was mined by Cutler Edgar in the late 50's and well into the 1960's. Estell (my wife) and I were very fortunate to mine Stormy Mountain Turquoise with Cutler, he had great stories about Turquoise mining and was a great guy. We got hundreds of pounds of Turquoise from Cutler in the 70's - Stormy Mountain, Number 8 and more. This Number 8 came from Cutler Edgar of Battle Mountain, Nevada.
John and Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company cut Natural Turquoise Cabochons, gem grade, on a daily basis, the more we sell - the more we cut. We have a very substantial collection of natural rough Turquoise that we have mined and collected over the past 40+ years. As we began in business as Turquoise Stone Cutters, we knew what was quality Turquoise when we were buying it, this should tell you we know what we are doing. In addition, having cut well over a million carats of Turquoise, we have become leading authorities on Turquoise and all of it characteristics - John has been cutting Turquoise since 1972 and Dillon has been cutting Turquoise since 1992. If you are serious about obtaining exceptional quality natural Turquoise Cabochons, talk to us!
Above and to the left is a Natural Persian Turquoise Cabochon. It is a beautiful "Robin's Egg" blue with fabulous red spider-webbing. A one of a kind natural Turquoise gemstone that is rarely scene for sale these days as Turquoise does not make it out of Iran do to present conditions. It weighs 64.5 carats and measures 31 mm x 25 mm with a 11.45 mm high dome. As you can tell from the picture this is truly magnificent gemstone and you can see more information as well as the opportunity to own it on its presentation page.
Above and to the right is are two authentic, Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons, hand-cut by Dillon and John Hartman from old stock from the Bob Matthews collection. Both stones have unique characteristic of their own, each being true blue in color with chocolate brown matrix. You can see additional photos and information on their presentation page.
Above and to the right is a beautiful Kingman Turquoise cabochon, oval in shape and 100% natural! It has rich blue coloration with spectacular black spider webbing This is a one-of-a-kind gemstone that was purchased from Bill King, the owner of the King's Manassa Mine. Bill cuts a few stones and he is working with us to provide you with high grade Turquoise - The King's and the Hartman's are good friends from way back! This stone weighs 36.5 carats and measures 17mm x 43mm and is 6mm thick. See more information on this Kingman Turquoise Cabochon.
Above and to the right is a grouping of natural Royston Turquoise cabochons that would be great to make rings, pendants or bracelets. These Turquoise Cabs were hand cut by the Famed King's Manassa Turquoise mine owner Bill King. Each of the cabochons in this collection is an aqua blue green color and features golden brown to yellow matrix. Learn more about this Royston Turquoise Cabochon collection on their presentation page.
Above and on the left is another collection of natural Royston Turquoise cabochons. These Turquoise Gemstones were hand cut by John Hartman. Each of the cabochons is a deep forest green in color and features light brown and white matrix. These are top quality cabochons from the Royston Turquoise mine located near Tonopah, Nevada USA. Learn more about this collection of Royston Turquoise Cabochon collection on their presentation page.
This is an Authentic Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon with chocolate brown matrix hand cut by Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company. This is an awesome example of a Large Bisbee Blue Turquoise Cabochon of exceptional quality. This color is the hardest to find and the size makes the stone even more rare. This stone weighs 73 carats and measures 1 1/2 inches long X 1 1/2 inches wide at the widest point. Learn more about this exciting Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon on its presentation page.
This is an Authentic Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon with smoky chocolate brown matrix hand cut by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company. This beautiful American Turquoise gemstone is a beautiful "Robin's Egg" blue color and weighs 30 carats. It measures approximately 1 inch long X 3/4 inch wide, so it is a large natural Bisbee Stone. Learn more about this exciting Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon.
Above and to the right is a large White Buffalo Turquoise Cabochon hand cut in Durango, Colorado by Dillon Hartman. It weighs 67 carats and measures 26mm x 54mm. Learn more about this natural White Buffalo Cabochon on it presentation page.
We invite you to learn more about Natural Turquoise Cabochons by following the links in our Learning Center to other informational pages we have written on different topics directly related. In addition, we invite you to join our E-Mail Newsletter - about once every other month we send out a Newsletter to inform our members of what's happening with Durango Silver Company, new products, specials for our members only and more. We also have a monthly drawing from our member base to give away free Turquoise Jewelry from our company. Please take a moment to become one of our friends by signing in below. We hope you have enjoyed our presentation on Natural Turquoise Cabochons and have gained some useful knowledge from it.