Quality Turquoise Jewelry originates with a fine Turquoise Gemstone and it is set by an accomplished artistic Silver or Goldsmith into a work of art.
Southwestern Artisans are inspired by high grade Turquoise as it brings out the creativeness of each craftsman who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with the stone. A Quality piece of Turquoise Jewelry is a piece of wearable art and it is so beautiful that it brings out the best in the person that is wearing the piece.
There is a big difference between quality Turquoise Jewelry and standard Turquoise Jewelry that is production made intended for consumers that just want the look.
Quality Gem Turquoise is rare! About 5-10% of all Turquoise mined is considered high grade, professionally cut high quality Turquoise is valuable today and becoming extremely rare. It is even rarer to see quality Turquoise jewelry. See my note on High Quality Turquoise below!
Quality Turquoise Jewelry is usually collected by individuals who appreciate high quality Jewelry. This type of person usually pays close attention to the details of the Jewelry they wear as well as all other details in their wardrobe. Fashion minded people, most often, seek out the best quality Jewelry from well known and trusted Jewelers, the situation is the same with quality Turquoise Jewelry. To find trusted quality Turquoise Jewelry, you must educate yourself to understand what constitutes the difference between quality Turquoise Jewelry and Costume Turquoise Jewelry.
High quality Turquoise Jewelry has always been hard to find, quality antique or vintage Turquoise Jewelry is very valuable today as it is truly rare! As is today, the majority of Turquoise Jewelry that was produced in the past was created as tourist trinkets and has value, however, the high quality Turquoise Jewelry that was created by the best artisans with gem grade Turquoise is priceless and highly sought after by collectors and museums.
Durango Silver Company has been producing high quality Turquoise Jewelry for nearly forty years. We have collected and personally mined Turquoise for over forty years and have accumulated one of the finest authentic natural Turquoise collections in the world. Our pride and the specialty of our company is producing the highest quality Turquoise Jewelry possible. Our quality Turquoise Jewelry is unique and special today and it will grow in value as it ages. We produce quality Turquoise Jewelry and other quality silver jewelry that will become valuable heirlooms handed down through generations to come.
Above and to the left is a 14ky Gold Bisbee Turquoise Ring made by John Hartman, a master gold and silversmith, of Durango Silver Company. This Ring was made in the lost wax process by applying layer after layer of wax with dental tools to create a natural flow of gold to surround the gemstone. John makes custom high grade Bisbee Turquoise Lost Wax Rings in Gold by special order.
To the right is a 14k gold and Blue Wind Turquoise Ring by John Hartman. This one of a kind Turquoise and Gold Ring focuses on a top grade natural Blue Wind Turquoise cabochon with black spiderweb matrix. Blue Wind Turquoise is very rare and little was ever taken from the mine. This Blue Nevada Turquoise rivals Lander’s Blue! This fabulous AAA grade Blue Wind Turquoise cabochon is set in a modern 14k gold ring that has a very earthy and organic feel to it. This Ring resembles tree roots that wrap up and hold the Turquoise.
To the left is a quality contemporary Inlay Earrings and Pendant set with Gaspeite, Sugilite and Turquoise by Native American artist by Kenneth Bitsie. This fashion Turquoise Inlay Jewelry set features a fanciful array or colored gemstones with the largest inlaid stones being brown “Dragon Skin” Tibetan Turquoise. These natural brown spider web Turquoise stones are surrounded by micro inlay of Sugilite, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Gaspeite. The color combination of the different Turquoise and colored gemstones is spot on and unique. This Earring and Pendant set would be a wonderful start or addition to your Inlay Jewelry or contemporary Silver Jewelry collection. These Navajo made inlaid Turquoise Jewelry pieces were artisan handmade in New Mexico, USA and is hallmarked “Kenneth Bitsie and Sterling”.
To the right is a Zuni, Native American Indian handmade, Inlay Belt Buckle set with Mediterranean Coral, Mother of Pearl and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise made by Don and Viola Eriacho. This Ranger Buckle set features a buckle, two keepers, and a tip. This color combination is traditional for Zuni Inlay jewelry. This Ranger set is made of substantial Sterling Silver and has bead designs and a sunburst designed belt tip. This buckle was made by husband and wife team Don and Viola Eriacho who are longtime Zuni Indian Silversmiths and lapidary artists.
To the left is a Lost Wax Vine and Flower Design Sugilite and Royston Turquoise Bracelet by John Hartman. This heavy Sterling Silver Bracelet is a true work of art that you are sure to never see another alike. This Bracelet features a large semi - nugget cut piece of natural Royston Turquoise from Tonopah, Nevada. The Turquoise is complimented by two royal purple Sugilite gemstones from the Wessel's Mine in South Africa. Fun, artsy design work. Artisan handmade in Durango, Colorado USA.This is a great example of High Grade Turquoise Jewelry with accent gemstones.
To the upper right is a lime green Carico Lake Turquoise Inlay Mens Bracelet by Native American artist Phil Loretto. This lime green Turquoise Bracelet is, without doubt, MUSEUM QUALITY. This men’s Carico Lake Turquoise Bracelet features 18 rectangular, top gem grade, natural, lime green, Carico Lake Turquoise inlaid stones. Again, this is the high grade natural Carico Lake Turquoise from Nevada, USA. These lime Turquoise stones are set into a exquisite, one-of-a-kind, Sterling Silver Mens Cuff Bracelet. This mens Silver Cuff Bracelet features a heavy Silver design down the middle of the bracelet. In the center sets the row of inlay lime green Turquoise that goes all around the bracelet. This museum quality Native American Turquoise Bracelet would be a great addition to any Jewelry collection.
To the right is a Blue Gem Turquoise bead necklace by Nattarika Hartman. This necklace is a great length for everyday wear and featured 8mm roundel bead separated by 6mm roundel bead. These great blue Turquoise beads are from the Nevada Blue Gem mine in Nevada, USA. The necklace is finished off with a fancy flower and leaf hook and eye sterling silver clasp.
To the right is a Turquoise and Gemstone Sterling Silver Necklace by John Hartman. This entire necklace was handmade from Sterling Silver. It features a large high grade Royston Turquoise stone accented by many other natural stones including Opal, Sugilite, Rhodocrosite, Lapis, Larimar Ruby and Blue Chalcedony. This is a one-of-a-kind Southwestern styled Necklace that will never be repeated and it was made by a well known and respected Artisan. This necklace set will do nothing but grow in value and become a historic piece of American Art.
To the left is a fantastic Mans Gold Turquoise Ring that is set in a combination of Sterling Silver and 14ky Gold. It has an exceptionally beautiful and equally rare Blue Wind Spiderweb Turquoise Gemstone as the centrepiece and embellished in a dramatic heavy Gold and Silver setting. This piece was created by John Hartman which is well known worldwide for his outstanding Turquoise Jewelry he has produced for nearly forty years.
To the right is a Blue Gem Mens Turquoise Ring by John Hartman. This ring is made from a wonderful geometric cut top gem grade Blue Gem Turquoise cabochon. This cabochon is such a high grade that it is glassy and it seems you can see into it. The gemstone is bezel set and surrounded by a flat beading design then set atop a chased sunburst design, heavy Silver shank.
King Nebkheperura Tutankhamun remains the most famous of all Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, but in fact he was a short lived and fairly insignificant ruler during a transitional period in history. Little was known of him prior to Howard Canter's methodical detective work, but the discovery of his tomb and the amazing contents it held ultimately ensured this boy king of the Immortality he sought. As you can see this mask and head circlet are covered in Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, TURQUOISE, and colored glass. They are made of solid GOLD!!
To the right is King Tut's Circlet Found on the mummy - made of solid gold, carnelian, TURQUOISE and Lapis Lazuli.
Turquoise was one of the first gemstones found on earth by ancient Egyptians over 7,500 years ago. It has been coveted by Kings, Queens, Pharaoh's, Medicine Men, Spiritual Leaders and many cultures worldwide since its discovery. Quality Turquoise was found in Egypt, Persia, China, and North America, however, only a small percentage of the Turquoise found has been high grade Turquoise.
High quality Turquoise is rich in color and is a 5 or higher in hardness on the Mohs' scale. High quality Turquoise does not need to be treated or enhanced in any way to be used in Jewelry and it is a very durable gemstone that will naturally be stable for ever if it is taken care of and is in a stable environment. This is the best form of real Turquoise.
Quality Turquoise has been recognized most recently as a very valuable gemstone by important collectors globally and Japanese investors have been paying record prices for the highest quality Turquoise. Due to evolving mining restrictions and the cost of mining most all of the Turquoise Mines in the USA have been closed. There are only three major Turquoise Mines in the U.S. still in production, the Kingman Turquoise Mine and the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine and the Royston Turquoise mine. The Chinese Government has now closed all Turquoise Mining and has put a 3-5 year moratorium on Turquoise Mining in China, Turquoise from Iran (Persian Turquoise) is taboo and is rarely seen on the market due to many factors including political term oil. Egyptian Turquoise is nearly extinct. The bottom line is Turquoise is one of the top ten most popular gemstones in the world today and we are running out of it.
As I said, there is only a small portion of high grade Turquoise from what is being mined. Authentic Turquoise and especially high quality Turquoise is about to go through the roof in value and authentic natural high quality will become even more precious. In the future quality Turquoise jewelry will be out of range for the common consumer, so now is the time to invest in quality Turquoise jewelry.
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