This is a very large Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon that would make an excellent Bisbee Turquoise Belt Buckle or a fantastic Bisbee Blue Turquoise Bracelet. This stone weighs 45.5 carats and is cut thin so it is large - 31mm x 31mm, that is large! This stone has been stabilized by Bob Mathews and Cecil Mickelson, Bob and Cecil had a processing shop in Durango in the 70's and were trying to make the most out of their Bisbee Turquoise and trying to harden the softer material. The fact is this stone is now very stable and it is authentic Bisbee Turquoise and beautiful. For this reason we are making this stone available for $5.00 per carat.
In 1972, the one and only lease ever given to work the dumps from the Lavendar Pitt was awarded to Mr. Robert Matthews of Durango, Colorado. Bob and his associates worked the dumps hard for approximately two years to recover less than 2,000 pounds of good to excellent quality Bisbee Turquoise. Due to mining restrictions and the cost of recovering the Bisbee Turquoise from the dumps, mining slowed down and ended by 1980. Only small amounts of Bisbee Turquoise have surfaced since and this has been from Mine Robbers that sneak into the guarded Mine late at night to hunt for bits and pieces of this fine mineral, Bisbee Turquoise! There is very little Bisbee Turquoise available today and due to it's rarity and exceptional beauty it is very valuable. Durango Silver Company had the great fortune to purchase the remaining collection of Bob Matthews and his partner Cecil Michelson in 2002. We have continued seeking small parcels of Bisbee Turquoise from individuals and have accumulate one of the largest collections of Bisbee Turquoise known. From the facts above, this is not a giant amount of Turquoise and Bisbee Turquoise remains nearly as rare as hens teeth! This Bisbee Turquoise Cabochon is from the Bob Mathews / Cecil Mickelson collection.
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