Turquoise was discovered in North American by the Native American Indians about 300 A.D. - Since its discover, Turquoise has been ingrained into the culture of the American Southwest. Ancient Natives believed Turquoise was put on this earth by the great ones above, that it has spiritual and metaphysical powers and that it brings good health, happiness and fortune to its bearer. American Turquoise is beautiful, in fact, the Aztecs traveled thousands of miles and made a major trade business in Turquoise with the Anasazi Indians of Chaco Canyon at Pueblo Bonito in 1100 AD American Turquoise became sacred in many cultures for hundreds of years for good reason - it is a beautiful and powerful gemstone! Learn more about Anasazi Turquoise. Today, Natural American High Grade Turquoise Cabochons are the best form to acquire to assure you are getting the quality of Turquoise you desire.
In 1865, Atsidi Sani (A Navajo Blacksmith) learned how to work Silver from the Spaniards and soon after Native American Turquoise Jewelry came to be. Since this period of time,
Turquoise and Turquoise Jewelry has become an American Heritage, it holds a position in our fashion world but more than that it is very precious to each and every person that possesses it in our country. The fact is, Turquoise is so comforting to its owners, most individuals desire more and more Turquoise.
Above and to the left is an Authentic Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon with smoky chocolate brown matrix hand cut by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company. This beautiful, high quality, 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.
Above and to the right is an Authentic High Grade 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.
High Grade Bisbee Turquoise is a standard that other Turquoise is compared to, the cabochons above are a great example of high grade Blue Turquoise! You can see why other Turquoise would be compared to this. This Bisbee Turquoise is a deep blue that is ultra-rare in natural Turquoise. We invite you to view our Bisbee Turquoise Slide Show to see other 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
Above and to the left is a High Grade Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochon, it is older Persian Turquoise from the 1950's -70's. This stone is Robin's Egg Blue with red spiderweb matrix. This type of Persian Turquoise is hard to come by and rarely seen for sale. We do have a small amout of old Persian Turquoise and do put cabochons up for sale on occasion. We suggest joining our Turquoise Cabochon Newsletter as we do send out notifications only to our subscribers. Follow the link at the bottom of this page.
Above and to the right is a High Grade Kingman Spiderweb Turquoise cabochon. 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 left is a High Grade Blue Gem Turquoise Cabochon cut by Dillon Hartman from the Durango Silver Company Blue Gem Turquoise collection. The Blue Gem Mine was located near Battle Mountain,Nevada. Blue Gem was know for its hardness and great color range, this mine produced Turquoise from lime green all the way to rich sky blue. The Battle Mountain Blue Gem Mine produced Turquoise from about 1935 to mid 1970's.
The beautiful rich blue High Grade Turquoise Cabochon to the upper right came from the Pilot Mountains, which are located northeast of Tonopah, Nevada. Dillon and John 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. The color range is shocking blue that cannot be mistaken for any other type of Turquoise.
The Natural Royston Turquoise Cabochons in the photo above are Nevada green Turquoise that is bold in color and very attractive to the eye. We have a great presentation for Royston Turquoise on our Royston Turquoise Website as well as many pages here on DurangoSilver.com. We also have complete information on how you and your family can tour the Royston Turquoise Mine and actually find Turquoise yourself, it is a great thing to do if you appreciate and want to find real Turquoise for yourself. If you are interested in purchasing High Grade Royston Turquoise Cabochons available, Durango Silver Company is the place as we are cutters of Royston Turquoise.
Above and to the left is a collection of natural Royston Turquoise cabochons. These Turquoise Gemstones were hand cut by John Hartman. Each of the cabochons has deep forest green Turquoise next to the golden brown matrix that fades into lighter blue Turquoise. These are top quality cabochons from the Royston Turquoise mine located near Tonopah, Nevada USA.
Above and to the right is a group 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.
Above and to the left is a beautiful High Grade 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. The Manassa Turquoise Mine is believed to have been discovered by Native Americans nearly 2000 years ago, the King's Manassa Turquoise mine is no longer producing Turquoise.
Above and to the right is a Blue Gem Turquoise Gemstone. This Turquoise Mine was located near Battle Mountain, Nevada, it produced a lot of fine quality Turquoise from about 1935 to 1970's. There are many shades of blue/greens to lime, emerald greens and the famous sky blue turquoise 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.
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 monetarily.
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 High Grade Turquoise Cabochons! We assure and guarantee you, our Turquoise Cabochons are authentic Turquoise!
High Grade Natural Turquoise Cabochons as well as High Grade Natural Turquoise, is RARE!
Seriously!, High Grade Turquoise and High Grade Turquoise Cabochons that are natural, with no treatments or alterations may be the rarest of all popular precious gemstones today. There has never been more demand for natural high grade Turquoise on earth as there is today in 2014, but, we have a serious situation - we cannot produce the Turquoise to feed the demand. The most important Turquoise Mines in the world exist in the Southwestern United States and they are not producing today and will not be for some time to come.
We have had a tragic series of events in the Turquoise industry between 1985 and 2014 - In brief, the world market has been flooded with cheap Chinese Turquoise, as well as their imitation Turquoise since the late 1980's and many dramatic things happened as a result! The mining of Turquoise in the USA was extinguished as American Turquoise Miners simply went broke trying to compete with the Chinese imports which kept coming and coming and coming! Of over 180 active U.S. Turquoise Mines producing quality natural Turquoise prior to 1980, there are only 2 commercial mines producing today, Kingman and Royston. By 1995, most every Turquoise Mine in the United States had been covered up with 12' of debris by the Miners that had just watched their American Heritage get washed down the drink. They had to leave their homes and livelihood in disgust to find a new way of life.
By 2011 or so, American Turquoise collectors and buyers realized the shortage of high grade Turquoise and a new realization had begun. Japanese gemstone investors had been buying up most of the top grade natural American Turquoise and believe it to be one of the earths most important gemstones. China had also stopped exporting their natural Turquoise by this time and began efforts to bring home their valuable Turquoise.
By 2013, the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine has closed and the collecting of American Turquoise by China has begun. China has now begun combing the world to purchase their own Turquoise back and the largest Turquoise boom the world has ever known appears to be coming on strong in China. It has become nearly impossible to find authentic, natural, high grade Turquoise in the United States, especially Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.
Today, in 2014, Turquoise of any type has become very hard to find and authentic, natural, high grade Turquoise is nowhere to be found! We find a tremendous amount of fake Turquoise made from Howlite, Magnisite and refined cement at gem shows as well as in Fashion Jewelry Stores. Serious Turquoise buyers are having a difficult time finding quality Turquoise that is real and free of treatment.
We predict it will be a short period of time before the Chinese realize the finest Turquoise on earth comes from North America and they will also realize that authentic natural high grade Turquoise is extremely rare and an incredible investment! We also predict the value of high grade Turquoise will continue to escalate dramatically beyond our imagine as less than 1% of the Turquoise that comes out of the average American Turquoise Mine produces High Quality High Grade Turquoise Cabochons. If you are interested in acquiring High-grade Turquoise Cabochons follow this link.
We Buy High-grade Natural Rough Turquoise - We Sell High-grade High Grade 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
John and Dillon Hartman of Durango Silver Company cut High Grade 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 High Grade Turquoise Cabochons, talk to us!
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