About Turquoise Beads
Turquoise Beads are the one of the most popular types of beads in the world. The new wave in bead making began from the advent of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the 1980's. A quest to rival the great Turquoise boom of the 1970's began in the 80's and Turquose Beads were to storm the industry. The Chinese had become well aware of the past Turquoise Jewelry boom and wanted to move into this arena, so they did. China is now the main Turquoise Bead Makers of the world.
A small percentage of handmade Turquoise Beads are still being made in the Southwest and the ones that are have become very expensive. Turquoise from China, Tibet and America is made into Turquoise Beads in China, for the most part. Beads of all sizes and shapes are made to prefection with state of art machinery as well as turned by hand in bead making factories. The worldwide market for Turquoise Beads is staggering as they are in demand by many cultures for there beauty as well as revival of there spiritual and metaphysical values.
Turquoise Beads are valued by many factors; The quality of the material is the foundation of the Turquoise Bead - The Turquoise used in beads today is predominately coming from China and Tibet, however, a lot of American Turquose is being sent over to be cut as well. It takes up to a pound of Turquoise to make one sixteen inch strand of Turqoise Beads. A strand of Turquoise Beads will cost from about $30. up to $3000. per strand in the retail marketplace, so Turquoise Bead Values vary substancially. So, it is the quality of the Turquoise itself that determines the value of the Turquoise Beads.
Beads made with Chinese Turquoise are the lowest in cost - As China has large deposits of Turquoise, it is common sense that Chinese Turquoise Beads are the most plentiful and cost effective to make. Chinese Turquoise comes in all qualities from chalky low grade material that must be treated and often have color added to very high quality Turquoise including rich blue spiderweb Turquoise that is rare.
Beads made with Tibetan Turquoise generally a higher quality then Chinese Turquoise Beads as the attention to quality in Tibet is a tradition. Most Tibetan Turquoise Beads are rich in colour, beautiful and of collectible grade.
Beads made with American Turquoise range in quality as all types of material is being sent to China to have made into beads based on the demand of the market. The current demand in American Turquoise Beads is for the beautiful colour and matrix variations that American Turquoise naturally has. Collectors and conoseurs of American Turquoise Beads buy Turquoise Beads for the Fashion aspect. Fashion Turquoise Beads are valued much higher and are much more difficult to find in the marketplace.
Durango Silver Company uses both American as well as forein Turquoise Beads. Our neiche is high quality, authentic Turquoise Beads of high value and collectibility, we hand select only the finest Turquoise Beads to be used in our Turquoise Bead Jewelry. We make Turquoise Bead Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings and other types of Jewelry with Turquoise Beads and we gaurentee the quality to be way above standard.
Turquoise Bead Examples
Above are two Turquoise Bead Necklaces - The Turquoise Beads in the necklace are made from Blue Gem Turquoise and are natural Turquoise Beads,they are separated by Black Onyx and Silver Beads and have a handcrafted clasp made by John Hartman of Durango Silver Co. The Chunky Turquoise Necklace on the right are made with Blue Turquoise Nugget Beads and Tab Beads, the Turquoise is from the Kingman Turquoise Mine of Kingman, Arizona. Both of these necklaces are considered Fashion Turquoise Bead Necklaces, they are made to be worn for special occasions.
The green Turquoise Beaded Necklace on the right is made with Royston Turquoise from Tonopah, Nevada. It is rare to see Royston Turquoise in beads and this set of beads are beautiful with graduated large round disk Turquoise Beads. The Turuqoise Bead Necklace on the right is unusual because it has Carico Lake Turquoise Beads which are also very scarce. The Turquoise Beads are separated by Coral Beads.
The Chunky Turquoise Necklace on the left is made with Blue Turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine in Arizona. the green Turquoise Bead Necklace on the right is made with Green Turquoise Beads from Nevada. Both of these Turquoise Bead Necklaces are made with American Turquoise Beads which are uncommon in todays market.
We have many types of Turquoise Beads and Turquoise Bead Jewelry at Durango Silver Company and the values of the Turquoise Bead Jewelry is based largely on the quality and type of Turquoise the beads were made from. Fashion Turquoise Bead Jewelry is usually more costly as we use special Turquoise Beads and findings to make them. We make more cost effective Turquoise Bead Jewelry with Chinese Turquoise Beads.