Turquoise is a complex gemstone as there were many variables in its creation that gave it the ultimate qualities it possesses today. Turquoise is a sedimentary gemstone that is formed by moisture seeping though soil that contains copper, aluminum sulfites and iron mineralization - a solution of these minerals flows downward and pools in hard rockck cracks and/or voids in the earth below to form a conglomerate. Turquoise forms in very few areas of the world, the different percentages of minerals, the climate of the region and variations in its formation determine the coloration and unique characteristics of each Turquoise deposit. There are definite regions of the world that produce higher quality of Turquoise than others and the southwest region of the United States is known for producing some of the finest Turquoise on earth including the rare and highly coveted Blue Spiderweb Turquoise.
Of all the variations and colorations of natural Turquoise, the most valuable in the world is Blue Spiderweb Turquoise. When it comes to rarity, beauty, and collectibility blue spiderweb Turquoise takes the cake. As you can see from the above Blue Wind Spiderweb Turquoise cabochons, when gem Turquoise has the perfect blue color and features either black, brown or red spiderweb matrix the out come is sheer beauty and what we in the Turquoise business call ZAT! Spiderweb Turquoise is less than 5% of what is produced out of most Turquoise mines world wide, and top gem quality spiderweb Turquoise is even more rare. To get the perfect Blue Spiderweb Turquoise that is hard, gem grade, natural, with perfectly balance spiderweb matrix is less than 1% of what is produced from all mines in the world! Other than the mouth watering beauty of spiderweb Turquoise, the rarity is one of the main reasons this variety of Turquoise comands the prices it does. When it comes to Turquoise blue has always been king, even though on today's market many of the green Turquoise varieties are gaining popularity and value rapidly, especially the rare colors such as the lime green Turquoise, mint green Turquoise, and the pale, ice blue Turquoise. Beings as blue is king in Turquoise, and many peoples favorite color is blue, it is not surprising that Blue Spiderweb Turquoise is the most valuable for asthetical reasons. Some of the Blue Spiderweb Turquoise from the Southwestern United States brings prices as high as $300.00 per carat on today's market (written in 2014). This variety of natural Turquoise is most valuable and highly collected by the Japanese and American gem collectors. In other parts of the world clear or matrix free blue Turquoise such as Sleeping Beauty Turquoise has been the most popular and highly prized for centuries, but that is quickly changing as these foriegn collectors realize the rarity and value of Spiderweb Turquoise. Learn aboutGreen Spiderweb Turquoise
Above are three outstanding examples of natural Blue Spiderweb Turquoise from America. Each of these gemstones is valuable and beautiful in their own right. Above to the left is a natural red spiderweb Turquoise cabochon from the Apache Blue Turquoise mine in Nevada. This amazing natural American Turquoise cab has been set into a hand carved 14k yellow gold ring by Nattarika Hartman. In the middle is a hand cut AAA gem grade cabochon of natural Bisbee Turquoise from Arizona. This is a rare example of Blue Spiderweb Turquoise from Arizona. The gemstone in the large Sterling Silver ring is a natural Kingman spiderweb Turquoise cab from the Mineral Park mining district outside of Kingman, Arizona USA. The most valuable and rarest of this lot is the Bisbee Turquoise cabochon which brough $100.00 per carat in 2013.
Above to the left is a handmade Sterling silver ring by Dillon Hartman with top gem grade natural Morenci Turquoise from Arizona. This is a gorgeous example of top grade natural Blue Turquoise from Arizona. In the middle is a pair of Sterling Silver post earrings by Dillon Hartman with top grade Blue Spiderweb Turquoise from the Royston Turquoise mine in Tonopah, Nevada USA. To the right is a handmade Sterling Silver amulet by John Hartman with a light blue and black Spiderweb Turquoise cabochon from the Blue Goose mine in Nevada. This last stone is very hard to find as this mine is obscure and never produced much.
Above to the left is a handmade 14k yellow gold ring by John Hartman which features top gem grade natural Blue Spiderweb Turquoise from the Indian Mountain mine in Nevada. This outstanding piece of natural Nevada Turquoise feautres almost perfectly balanced spiderweb matrix, a killer blue color and has a rare lime green glow around portions of the spiderweb matrix. This is about as good as Turquoise gets! In the center is a mid blue spiderweb turquoise cabochon from the tiny Blue Medicine mine in Nevada which has been set into as Sterling Silver ring by Dillon Hartman. This stone is unique as it is mostly a medium blue but has a natural light blue bubble in the bottom corner. To the far right is a lost wax style Sterling Silver ring by Crystal Hartman which features a AAA grade natural Blue Moon Spiderweb Turquoise cabochon from Nevada. This mine had been closed for a decade or so, and has recently been purchased by the Ottesons and has been re-opened, but not many of these beautiful Blue Spiderweb Turquoise stones are being found.
Above to the left is a large natural American Turquoise cabochon from the Blue Wind Turquoise mine in Nevada which has been set in a 14k gold ring by John Hartman. As you can see, the Blue Wind Turquoise mine produced some of the finest spiderweb Turquoise ever to come out of the ground. Blue Wind Spiderweb Turquoise is hard, deep blue, and features amazing black spiderweb matrix. Above in the middle is a top gem grade natural spiderweb nugget from the Cloud Mountain or Yungai Turquoise mine which is now closed in China. This Turquoise is very dear and hard to come by. Natural high grade Chinese Turquoise is extremely rare these days as most is Stabilized and/or dyed. China has produced some of the best natural Spiderweb Turquoise in the world and most of the ultra high grade blue spiderweb Turquoise came from the Yungai or Cloud Mountain Turquoise mine. To the riught is a top gem grade cabochon of natural Timberline Turquoise from Nevada set into a Sterling Silver saddle ring by Dillon Hartman.
Above to the left is a Blue Warrior Blue Spiderweb Turquoise cabochon set in a Lost Wax style setting by Crystal Hartman. Blue Warrior is a small mine that has since closed. This was a small hat mine. In the middle is a Godber or Burnham Spiderweb Turquoise and gold ring by Nattarika Hartman. This displays an open web matrix pattern. To the right is a spiderweb Cloud Mountain Turquoise ring. Look at the beauty of this Sterling Silver and high grade natural Turquoise ring by Navajo Jewelry artisan Craig Cadman.
Above to the left is a handmade silver and gold ring with Dry Creek Spiderweb Turquoise from Nevada. In the middle is a solid 14k gold ring with Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise from Nevada. To the right is a Sterling Silver pendant with natural Red Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise from Nevada.
Natural Lander Blue Turquoise
Spiderweb Turquoise Nuggets - Turquoise is found in arid areas that are rich in specific metallic minerals. In this type of climate, flash storms occur which cause bursts of seepage through these minerals to form the solution that creates Turquoise conglomerate in voids beneath the earth. When the conglomerate solidifies and the moisture in the soil evaporates quickly, the conglomerate dries quickly as well to cause a cracking effect much like you would see on the earths surface in times of draught. In another period of time these open cracks get filled in with another mineral such as limonite (brown colored matrix), manganese (black colored matrix), iron (red colored matrix) or other. Another effect would be a second dose of the Turquoise solution which may cause what is known as water webbing.
Spider webbing in Turquoise Vein - Our earth is constantly shifting, it is in an endless state of evolution. Rock beneath the earth has voids in the form of cracks and the Turquoise solution as above finds its way to conglomerate in these cracks. The same fracturing effect as above could cause the webbing, also, the earth could shift to cause fracturing of the Turquoise. Some of the hardest Turquoise found in in vein - with this being said we also find very hard spiderweb Turquoise in vein material.
Spider webbing from vegetation - There are many types of plant life that have intense root systems - in arid areas where Turquoise is found plants must have an intricate root system to survive. At the Tortoise Mine we have found premature Turquoise developing amongst intricate root systems of old plant life. We believe the roots dry up and are then replaced with manganese to form what has now become black spiderweb matrix.
It is certain there are many other factors that cause irregularities of matrix configuration in Turquoise, however, there is one thing that is certain - Spiderweb Turquoise is a rarity in nature, it is enchanting in appearance and it is highly sought after by Turquoise connoisseurs as well as investors in rare gemstones.Spider webbed Matrix in Turquoise is found in less than 1/10th of 1% of high grade Turquoise! There are many different colors and matrix variations of Turquoise that will enchant your imagination, however, to us, Spiderweb Turquoise is the pinnacle of rarity and beauty! This is a presentation specifically on Spiderweb Turquoise. This presentation has a lot of educational information as well as many great examples that will help you understand why we believeSpiderweb Turquoise Gemstones are so valuable.
Natural Spiderweb Turquoise can be very valuable. There are many variables such as color of the Turquoise, color of the webbing, hardness, rarity of the Turquoise deposit, historical value and the demand for the particular type of Turquoise. The structure of the webbing is also important, a dense and unobstructed webbing pattern that has good character is highly desirable. Red Iron colored webbing is the most rare type of American Spiderweb Turquoise, black webbing is also high in demand, however, golden brown to brown colorations are very attractive thus very collectible.
American Turquoise Mines are known worldwide for the exceptional Spiderweb Turquoise that they have produced in the past. Nevada Turquoise Mines produce the majority of the highest quality American Spiderweb Turquoise, Arizona has produced a fair amount of Webbed Turquoise in the past and the Kingman Turquoise Mine is presently (2014) the only American Turquoise Mine producing substantial quantities of Spiderweb Turquoise of high enough quality to cut Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons.
Global Turquoise Mines - In approximately 1985, a vast amount of Spiderweb Turquoise was discovered in the Turquoise dumps in China. For the past several hundred years the Chinese had been discarding what they thought was inferior Turquoise as sky blue and clear Turquoise was what sold throughout Asia and the Middle East. American Turquoise Buyers bought tens of thousands of lbs of Chinese Spiderweb Turquoise that was very hard and rich in color from being out of the mines curing in the elements of the earths surface. Today, natural Spiderweb Turquoise from China or any other country has become very hard to find. Buyers beware, most Turquoise coming out of China today is Fake Turquoise. Tibetan Turquoise mines have also produced a lot of beautiful spiderweb Turquoise, as have the Egyptian Turquoise mines and Persian Turquoise mines.
Also see our Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons presentation
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