Rare Turquoise Jewelry originates with a fine Turquoise Gemstone and it is set by an accomplished artistic Silver or Goldsmith into a work of art. Southwestern artisans as well as craftsmen all around the world are inspired by high grade Turquoise as it brings out the creativeness of each craftsman who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with the stone. A Quality piece of Turquoise Jewelry is a piece of wearable art and it is so beautiful that it brings out the best in the person that is wearing the piece.
There is a big difference between rare Turquoise Jewelry and standard Turquoise Jewelry that is production made intended for consumers that just want the look.
Quality Gem Turquoise is rare! About 5-10% of all Turquoise mined is considered high grade and professionally cut high quality Turquoise has always been very valuable and becoming extremely rare. It is even rarer to see Rare Turquoise Jewelry as most of the ultra rare Turquoise gemstones are bought by collectors and put in their vaults as investments. See my note on High Quality Turquoise and Rare Turquoise below!
Rare Turquoise Jewelry is usually collected by individuals who appreciate high quality Jewelry. This type of person usually pays close attention to the details of the Jewelry they wear as well as all other details in their wardrobe. Fashion minded people, most often, seek out the best quality Jewelry from well known and trusted Jewelers, the situation is the same with Rare Turquoise Jewelry. To find trusted Rare Turquoise Jewelry, you must educate yourself to understand what constitutes the difference between Rare Turquoise Jewelry, standard Turquoise Jewelry, and Costume Turquoise Jewelry.
High quality Turquoise Jewelry has always been hard to find, quality antique or vintage Turquoise Jewelry is very valuable today as it is truly rare! The majority of Turquoise Jewelry that was produced in the past was created as tourist trinkets and has value, however, the Rare Turquoise Jewelry that was created by the best artisans with gem grade Turquoise is priceless and highly sought after by collectors and museums.
Durango Silver Company has been producing high quality and Rare Turquoise Jewelry for nearly forty years. We have collected and personally mined Turquoise for over forty years and have accumulated one of the finest authentic natural Turquoise collections in the world. Our pride and the specialty of our company is producing the highest quality Rare Turquoise Jewelry possible. Our Rare Turquoise Jewelry is unique and special today and it will grow in value as it ages. We produce Rare Turquoise Jewelry and other quality silver jewelry that will become valuable heirlooms handed down through generations to come.
Above and to the left is a 14k Gold Bisbee Turquoise Ring made by John Hartman, a master gold and silversmith, of Durango Silver Company. This ring was made in the lost wax process by applying layer after layer of wax with dental tools to create a natural flow of gold to surround the gemstone. John makes custom high grade Bisbee Turquoise Lost Wax Rings in Gold by special order.
To the right is a 14k gold and Blue Wind Turquoise Ring by John Hartman. This one of a kind Turquoise and Gold Ring focuses on a top grade natural Blue Wind Turquoise cabochon with black spider web matrix. Blue Wind Turquoise is very rare and little was ever taken from the mine. This Blue Nevada Turquoise rivals Lander&';s Blue! This fabulous AAA grade Blue Wind Turquoise cabochon is set in a modern 14k gold ring that has a very earthy and organic feel to it. This Ring resembles tree roots that wrap up and hold the Turquoise.
To the left is a heirloom 14k gold and high grade natural Turquoise amulet by Crystal Hartman. This piece is stunning. Look at the amazing natural American Turquoise from the Kingman mine in Kingman, Arizona USA. Crystal Hartman's fancy and beautiful gold work is the perfect place for a stone of this caliber. Crystal art work is among the best in the world and it really makes this pendant a true piece of Rare Turquoise Jewelry. Crystal is known for her tedious and detailed carving and her use of top quality natural gemstones. She creates all types of gemstone jewelry, silver and gold jewelry as well as Quality Turquoise Jewelry.
To the right is a heirloom piece of Sterling Silver jewelry with high quality natural Turquoise from the closed Copper Queen mine "Bisbee Turquoise Mine" in southern Arizona, USA. This seven stone American Turquoise and silver amulet is a Rare Turquoise Jewelry collectible. The natural American Turquoise gemstones in this large handmade Sterling Silver amulet are very hard to find and are super rare, this is one of the main reasons that this piece belongs in the Rare Turquoise Jewelry category.
To the left is a beautiful piece of Rare Turquoise Jewelry made by a top shelf Native American artisan using rare, top gem grade, emerald green Colorado Turquoise. The focal point of this handmade Sterling Silver cuff bracelet is a large natural forest green King's Manassa Turquoise cabochon. This is a wonderful and very hard to come by American Turquoise gemstone from a mine that has been closed for years. This piece of Navajo handmade silver jewelry features sensational craftsmanship and design that displays the skill and artistry of this seasoned and talented jeweler. This is a great example of High Grade Turquoise Jewelry made by Native American artisans.
To the upper right is a lime green Carico Lake Turquoise Inlay Men's Bracelet by Native American artist Phil Loretto. This lime green Turquoise Bracelet is, without doubt, MUSEUM QUALITY. This men&';s Carico Lake Turquoise Bracelet features 18 rectangular, top gem grade, natural, lime green, Carico Lake Turquoise inlaid stones. Again, this is the high grade natural Carico Lake Turquoise from Nevada, USA. These lime Turquoise stones are set into a exquisite, one-of-a-kind, Sterling Silver Men's Cuff Bracelet. This men's Silver Cuff Bracelet features a heavy Silver design down the middle of the bracelet. In the center sets the row of inlay lime green Turquoise that goes all around the bracelet. This museum quality Native American Turquoise Bracelet would be a great addition to any Jewelry collection.
To the right is a Rare Turquoise Bead Jewelry piece by Nattarika Hartman. This handcrafted fashion bead jewelry piece is all about the stone and features natural Turquoise veins that have been tumbled and side drilled to make rough Turquoise heishi beads. These hand made genuine Turquoise beads are from a closed American Turquoise mine and are very hard to come by. The beads came from an old collection of a private jewelry who collected them in the 1970's. It is hard these days to find real Turquoise beads, let alone genuine American Turquoise beads, especially of this caliber.
To the right is a Turquoise and Gemstone Sterling Silver Necklace by John Hartman. This entire necklace was handmade from Sterling Silver. It features a large high grade Royston Turquoise stone accented by many other natural stones including Opal, Sugilite, Rhodochrosite, Lapis, Larimar Ruby and Blue Chalcedony. This is a one-of-a-kind Southwestern styled Necklace that will never be repeated and it was made by a well known and respected Artisan. This necklace set will do nothing but grow in value and become a historic piece of American Art.
To the left is a fantastic Mans Gold Turquoise Ring that is set in a combination of Sterling Silver and 14k Gold. It has an exceptionally beautiful and equally rare Blue Wind Spiderweb Turquoise Gemstone as the centerpiece and embellished in a dramatic heavy Gold and Silver setting. This piece was created by John Hartman which is well known worldwide for his outstanding Turquoise Jewelry he has produced for nearly forty years.
To the right is a gorgeous handmade 14k gold ring by Native American Jewelry artisan Toby Henderson. The stunning ladies ring was hand fabricated from solid 14k gold and features a top gem grade, natural Paiute Spiderweb Turquoise cabochon from Nevada. This type of craftsmanship takes years to perfect, so it is only fitting that Toby used such a wonderful and extraordinary natural gemstone. The craftsmanship and limited gemstone used in this piece makes it a fine example of Navajo handmade Rare Turquoise Jewelry.
Above are two examples of one-of-a-kind gold jewelry with rare Turquoise gemstones. The natural Turquoise gemstones in both pieces are were cut from the top 5% - 10% of the best gem grade material from each mine. To the left is a handmade gold pendant by Marion Packer of Reno, Nevada USA. This amazing piece of handmade gold jewelry features inlays of top gem grade, sky blue, natural Blue Gem Turquoise from Nevada, USA and white Diamond eyes. To the right is a pair of handmade yellow gold earrings with natural deep green Broken Arrow Turquoise from Nevada. These top gem grade stones are accented by rare natural "Gel" Sugilite from the famous Wessel's mine in South Africa. These gemstones are rare and it is more rare to find them in handmade gold settings.
Turquoise was one of the first gemstones found on earth by ancient Egyptians over 7,500 years ago. It has been coveted by Kings, Queens, Pharaoh's, Medicine Men, Spiritual Leaders and many cultures worldwide since its discovery. Quality Turquoise was found in Egypt, Persia, China, and North America, however, only a small percentage of the Turquoise found has been high grade Turquoise.
High quality Turquoise is rich in color and is a 5 or higher in hardness on the Mohs' scale. High quality Turquoise does not need to be treated or enhanced in any way to be used in Jewelry and it is a very durable gemstone that will naturally be stable for ever if it is taken care of and is in a stable environment. This is the best form of real Turquoise and is considered rare.
Quality Turquoise has been recognized most recently as a very valuable gemstone by important collectors globally and Japanese investors have been paying record prices for the highest quality rare Turquoise. Due to evolving mining restrictions and the cost of mining most all of the Turquoise Mines in the USA have been closed. There are only two major or commercial Turquoise Mines in the U.S. still in production, the Kingman Turquoise Mine and the Royston Turquoise mine. The Chinese Government has now closed all Turquoise Mining and has put a 3-5 year moratorium on Turquoise Mining in China, Turquoise from Iran (Persian Turquoise) is taboo and is rarely seen on the market due to many factors including political term oil. Egyptian Turquoise is nearly extinct. The bottom line is Turquoise is one of the top ten most popular gemstones in the world today and we are running out of it.
As I said, there is only a small portion of high grade Turquoise from what is being mined. Authentic Turquoise and especially high quality Turquoise is about to go through the roof in value and authentic natural high quality will become even more precious. In the future Rare Turquoise Jewelry will be out of range for the common consumer, so now is the time to invest in Rare Turquoise Jewelry.
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