The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by prehistoric Indians well over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color and produces many variations of blue Turquoise. The Kingman Turquoise mine also produces green Turquoise from the Turquoise Mountain side of the mine. Kingman Turquoise has been the biggest supplier of Turquoise to the Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry industry for nearly as long as the American Turquoise Jewelry industry has existed. In fact, the Kingman Turquoise mine was once part of a Turquoise boom around 1000 AD when the Mayan culture was using a lot of Turquoise for self adornments and ceremonial items. Today, as in the old times, blue Turquoise from Kingman, Arizona is king, even though the mine produces all colors of Turquoise and green Turquoise is almost becoming blue Turquoise's equal in popularity these days.
The Mineral Park Mine,(Kingman Turquoise Mine,) is located in the Acerbate Mountains 14 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. It has been commercially mined since the late 1880's to the early 1900's by the Aztec Turquoise Co, The Los Angeles Gem Co, Arizona Turquoise Co, Southwest Turquoise Co and Mineral Park Turquoise Co and now the Colbaugh Processing Inc.
Chuck Colbaugh represented Arizona in a gemstone exhibition competition held by the Smithsonian Institution for the State of Arizona with a spectacular Kingman Turquoise cabochon. Chuck and his wife, Edith also donated thirty Turquoise carvings made from Kingman Turquoise to the Mojave Museum of History and Art in Kingman in the early 1970s, they are still on display today. Chuck Colbaugh had the Turquoise Mining contract for Ithaca Peak and Turquoise Mountain since the early 1960's and the concession is still in the family today run by Marty and son Josh Colbaugh. Today Kingman Turquoise is found in American Turquoise Jewelry as well as Turquoise Jewelry from around the world.
To the left is a photo of Mineral Park just outside of Kingman, Arizona and to the right is the main pit at the Kingman Turquoise Mine the most prolific American Turquoise mine.
Above are two photos of Marty and Josh Colbaugh at the Kingman Turquoise Mine to the left is Marty inspecting a Turquoise vein and to the right is Marty and son Josh - Marty holding a giant chunk of Kingman Turquoise.
Above are two different examples of Kingman Turquoise in Southwest Style Jewelry. The Pendant has a beautiful Kingman Spiderweb Turquoise cabochon in a simplistic silver setting produced by Durango Silver Co. On the right is a gorgeous multiple strand of Kingman Turquoise Beads displaying Blue Kingman Turquoise and Green Kingman Turquoise from the Turquoise Mountain area of the mine.
To the left is a Navajo handcrafted Kingman Turquoise Belt Buckle made with multiple nugget cut stones and to the right is a Southwest Victorian style ring produce by Durango Silver Co featuring a rich blue Kingman Turquoise Gemstone. These are great examples of yesterdays Native American Turquoise Jewelry and todays Native American Jewelry.
Above are two pair of Southwestern styled earrings with Kingman Turquoise. They were both produced by Durango Silver Co and are uniquely different in design. The blue Turquoise earrings on the left focus on the Kingman Turquoise Gemstones, accented with Sugilite and Sterling Silver. The Kingman Turquoise earrings on the right are stud/post earrings with a chain link design, very attractive in Blue!
To the left is a pendant produced by Durango Silver Company featuring a Mineral Park Turquoise Gemstone of stunning beauty. Mineral Park was the original name used for the area the Turquoise came from. Old timers call Kingman Turquoise, Mineral Park Turquoise which is a historic name for this very special American Turquoise. To the right is a beautiful Turquoise Inlay Bracelet made with Kingman Turquoise from the Turquoise Mountain area of the mine which is in Mineral Park. This is a wonderful example of a modern blue Turquoise bracelet featuring genuine Arizona Turquoise.
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