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Tortoise Spider Web Turquoise Cabochons

Tortoise Spider Web Turquoise Cabochons

Tortoise Spider Web Turquoise Cabochons

Ultra High Grade Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons from the Tortoise Turquoise mine in Nevada

The Tortoise Turquoise mine is a small mine located in the Candelaria Hills of Nevada, USA. The mine is owned by the Hartmans and Robert Williams. Tortoise Turquoise rough produces a variety of colors. Spiderweb Turquosie Cabochons from the mine come in mint to emerald green, yellow, white and goes all the way to a caramel color which actually becomes Variscite. The unique coloration is the reason we named it Tortoise Turquoise, some rocks look like the shell of a Tortoise or like Tortoise Shell sunglasses. Tortoise Turquoise runs in black manganese. There are small to giant nuggets which are found in a clay type material as well as thin to wide vein material that is encrusted in walls of manganese. Much of the Tortoise Turquoise runs in veins.

A very large pecentage of the material has black manganese spiderwebbing, especially in the veined material. We believe the webbing is caused from pre-historic plant roots as the native plant found in this canyon which have roots that look like spiderwebs. We think, as the plant died, the roots became voids in the ground, and then the water carried the manganese minerals downward, which ultimately became black spiderweb matrix. This matrix makes for outstanding spiderweb Turquoise cabochons and spiderweb Variscite cabochons. Checkout our Tortoise Turquoise Video

Tortoise Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons in Jewelry

14k Gold Pendant with Red Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise and  Rubies
Tortoise Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochon in a Sterling Silver amulet

Above is a wonderful handmade 14k gold pendant by John Hartman. This amulet features a cabochon of the rarest Tortoise Turquoise with blood red spiderweb caused from a natural iron deposit in the mine. Only one vien of this material has been found so far. The amulet to the right is Sterling Silver and was made by Navajo Jewelry artisan Verde Jake. The Sterling Silver pendant features a top gem grade mint to lime green spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise cabochon.

Top gem grade Tortoise Spiderweb Turquoise in 14k gold
Caramel Tortoise Spiderweb Turquoise Ring

Above to the left is a handmade 14k gold ring by Nattarika Hartman. This Lost Wax style yellow gold ring features a top gem grade, lime green, black spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise cabochon. This is considered the very top grade of Tortoise Turquoise and almost has a translucency about it. To the right is an amazing example of Caramel Tortoise Turquoise with black spiderweb matrix. This wonderful Sterling Silver ring was handmade by Dillon Hartman.

More Examples of natural Tortoise Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons in Jewelry

Mint green Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise  ring
Golden Yellow Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise cabochon in a Sterling Silver ring

Above to the left is a wonderful example of a top gem grade mint green spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise cabochon in a Sterling Silver ring by Durango Silver Company. To the right is a beautiful golden yellow Tortoise Turquoise Spiderweb Cabochon in a handmade Sterling Silver ring by John Hartman. The band on both of these Sterlign Silver rings was made with overlay Tortoise designs to go with the name of the Turquoise mine.

Above are two pieces of handmade Sterling Silver jewelry by John Hartman features mint green Tortoise Turquoise from Nevada. The pendant on the right features a freeform cut Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise cabochon with brown spiderweb matrix. On the right the natural Tortoise Turquoise cab features black spiderweb matrix with brown accents. Both of these gemstones are considered to be high grade natural.

We have not shown all the different looks of Tortoise Spiderweb Turquoise cabochons, but a nice selection of some of our favorites. You can view more in our Tortoise Turquoise section. Shop for hand cut Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise Cabochons in our Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons section. You can learn more about the Tortoise Turquoise mine at

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