Smoky Webbed Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon
Product Code: DSBC005
Stone Type: Bisbee Turquoise
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Rare Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon
This is a very Rare Turquoise Cabochon
from the Bisbee Mine located just south of Bisbee, Arizona. It was hand cut by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company out of his forty year old Rare Bisbee Turquoise Collection
This stone is deep Bisbee Blue Turquoise with chocolate brown matrix with a unusual web pattern. This stone weighs 5.5 carats and measures approximately 11mm x 13mm.
Bisbee Spiderwebbed Turquoise Cabochons
John and Estell Hartman began collecting rare Bisbee Turquois
when they were in the teens, in the late 1960's, in fact, John bought Estell's first piece of Bisbee Jewelry for her from his Taos Indian friend when she was 15 years old - it was a Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet with about 75% chocolate brown smoky matrix with pools of medium blue Turquoise. Bisbee Turquoise was scarce then!
John and Estell went on with their lives, got married in 1972 and by 1975 had a major collection of Bisbee rough, Bisbee cabochons and Bisbee Turquoise Jewelry. They became Jewelers and it was a no brainer that they would have rarely seen Turquoise Jewelry if they used the rare Bisbee Turquoise cabochons in it. So, it only made good since for them to continue hunting this Turquoise.
It is 2014 now, John is 61 years old and has purchased several major collections of Bisbee Turquoise including the balance of the Turquoise from Bob Mathews and Cecil Mickelson who once owned the only rights to mine Turquoise at the Bisbee Mine.
John and Dillon still cut their rare Bisbee Turquoise cabochons today on a small scale and offer them to collectors and the trade on their Rare Bisbee Turquoise Cabochons Page