Natural Turquoise is one of the most fascinating gemstones on earth and it was also one of the very first gems found by mankind well before biblical times, over 7,500 years ago. Kings, Pharaohs and historic individuals worshiped Turquoise and unconditionally believed that this gemstone has healing powers. In more recent years the Native Americans began worshiping Natural Turquoise when the Anasazi Indians discovered it around 300 B.C. Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon became a major trade mecca for Natural Turquoise to the historic Aztec civilization of Mexico around 1000 A.D. Turquoise has played a major historic roll in the history of North America and it is now an very important part of our American Heritage.
Today, individuals wear Turquoise more then ever, in fact, Turquoise is one of the top ten gemstones sold worldwide. Having said this most of the Turquoise on the market today is not Natural Turquoise. This is an unfortunate, but necessary situation due to the supply and demand for Turquoise Jewelry. Most manufacturers and jewelers making low end Turquoise jewelry are using stabilized Turquoise at best, and a lot of them are using re-constituted or Fake Turquoise. It is even getting hard to find Real Turquoise, whether natural or treated.
There is only one real meaning of "Natural Turquoise", which is Turquoise that has not been tampered with in anyway, i.e., no dyes have been added, no epoxy has been added for stabilization, etc. Natural Turquoise cannot be easily found in the marketplace today, especially Gem Turquoise. The purist who seeks it is advised to buy direct from the mine or from a knowledgeable business which specializes in Natural Turquoise. It has been claimed that as little as 2-10 percent of Turquoise that is mined is of sufficient hardness and quality to be used in jewelry without stabilization. Natural Turquoise is rare, indeed, much more rare then Diamonds even!
Natural Turquoise is so rare today that you will hear many salesman try to
trick people by calling their Turquoise "Natural Processed Turuqoise"
or another trick nick name. THIS IS NOT REAL NATURAL TURQUOISE, do not be fooled.
Turquoise is an important gemstone in the United States as it is a historic American heritage. The Native American Indians of the Southwestern United States discovered Natural Turquoise around 200 B.C., it has been a major part of their since. They have worshipped Natural Turquoise and made an industry from this gemstone by creating many types of wearable arts with it in the form of Natural Turquoise Beads, Natural Turquoise Jewelry and many other handcrafted art forms. Natural Turquoise has become a part of the American lifestyle, and Turquoise, whether natural or not, is now worn by a large percentage of Americans and is collected by individuals worldwide.
Durango Silver Company has been leaders in the Natural Turquoise field for decades. They began collecting, mining and cutting Natural Turquoise in the 1970's and have played a prolific roll in maintaining the integrity and awareness of the importance of quality control of American Natural Turquoise. Like many other gemstones, man has found ways to alter inferior materials to supply the great demand for this material. Their are many individuals worldwide that seek Natural Turquoise for its spiritual and medicinal values as well as well as the beauty of the High Quality Turquoise in it natural state.
Ancient Turquoise History - We have created a great informational page on Ancient Turquoise History
American Turquoise - American Turquoise is considered the best Natural Turquoise in the world by many Turquoise collectors. We invite you to view our presentation on American Turquoise
Turquoise Videos - For those of you who enjoy watching videos, we invite you to view our Turquoise Videos
American Turquoise Mines - This is a real good page as it has a lot of information as well as links to additional information on American Turquoise Mines. There are also links to the different Natural Turquoise Mines by state with photos and good information.
Natural Turquoise Treatments and Grades - This page has some good information on Quality Turquoise And Natural Turquoise Grades, it is an important page if you are interested in real Natural Turquoise, quality Natural Turquoise and quality Natural Turquoise Jewelry.
Quality Turquoise - After you read the Natural Turquoise Treatment and Natural Turquoise Grades page, you will appreciate the Quality Turquoise Presentation page.
Fake and Cheap Turquoise - This is a presentation on Fake Turquoise, fake Natural Turquoise is becoming more and more of a problem these days as the availability of authentic Natural Turquoise is scarce. This page gives you some good information about and how to detect fake Natural Turquoise.
Natural Turquoise Spiritual Values -Natural Turquoise has been worshipped for thousands of years by people all over the world. We have created several pages about the different aspects of Natural Turquoise Healing, Turquoise Spiritual Beliefs and Turquoise Chakras. If you are interested in the spiritual values of Natural Turquoise, these are good pages for you to view.
Natural Turquoise Beads
Natural Turquoise Beads have been important have been important to many cultures for over 7,500 years, see below. The Egyptians, Tibetans and the Native American Indians have used Natural Turquoise Beads for Spiritual, Metaphysical and ornamental purposes as well as for their healing powers. Turquoise beads have been high fashion for thousands of years and will continue to be a staple in human adornment for thousands of years to come.
Natural Turquoise Beads are becoming almost impossible to find these days. It is important that you are very educated or buying from a very educated and reputible dealer when looking for these beads. The links below may help you some.
We hope you have enjoyed our presentation on Natural Turquoise and have gained some useful knowledge from it.
Durango Silver Company has been dealing in Natural
American Turquoise for a few generations now and we continue to seek out
the finest natural Turquoise from around the world.
We do have a special place in our heart for Natural American Turquoise. Around
the world Natural American Turquoise is valued the most. Natural American Turquoise
has the most diversity of colors and matrix patterns in the world and American
mines produce the highest amount of high grade natural Turquoise. When you are
looking to find Natural Turquoise Jewelry
featuring American Turquoise, Tibetan
Turquoise, Egyptian Turquoise or Persian
Turquoise, look no further.
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