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Monday, September 28, 2015

Turquoise Jewelry Information | Durango Silver Company

Turquoise Jewelry Information

Turquoise is a classic gemstone that will add interest to any
outfit. With Turquoise, artisans create jewelry pieces such as rings, bracelets,
and necklaces. Moreover, Turquoise Jewelry is an ideal gift for a man
or a woman. When owners take proper care of their Turquoise, they can expect
the gemstone to remain vibrant and attractive for many years and it can become
heirloom Turquoise Jewelry. Please read through more of the information in DurangoSilver.com
to increase your knowledge of Turquoise Jewelry Information. - See more
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Turquoise Jewelry Information from Durango Silver Company

When you follow the links on this website you will learn the
basics of Turquoise Jewelry. This page is intended to teach you just enough
about Turquoise and Turquoise Jewelry Information to be dangerous. This
knowledge will hopefully keep you from getting tricked into buying fake Turquoise
in jewelry, low grade stones sold as high grade. If you would like more detialed
information we have over 400 informational pages about Turquoise, gemstones
and jewelry on this website which can be found through our Jewelry Learning
Center. You will find a summary of facts and information that will help you
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Friday, September 25, 2015

How to buy quality turquoise cabochons

Learn all you need to know to buy a quality Turquoise Cabochon from John Hartman of Durango SIlver Company. John Hartman will show you in brief the knowledge you need to know to purchase a quality Turquoise cabochon with examples.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Turquoise Information from Durango Silver Company

Turquoise Information from Durango Silver Company

Basic Turquoise Information

Here is some quick Turquoise Facts. One of the most important pieces of Turquoise Information is that this gem is one of the most popular gemstones in the world market and is considered by most jewelers and gem experts to be in the top ten most popular gems world wide. Turquoise is a gemstone with great diversity as jewelers add it to necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. The stone is also a popular material for art pieces, trade, and religion. Another benefit to a Turquoise purchase is that the stone’s color allows jewelers to use a variety of materials for the settings. For instance, the stone pairs well with yellow gold, white gold, and platinum along with stainless steel and silver. Sterling Silver is the most popular medium you will find the "sky stone" set in. Turquoise is the birthstone for December and recommended for a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. With the gem in high demand, buyers must carefully assess a stone for quality. When shopping for Turquoise, review each stone’s signature color and surrounding matrix if you are looking for a collectible, or you are paying extra for the gem. Standard Turquoise ranges from 2.00 per carat to 15.00 per carat for natural gems that have not been stabilized or color enhanced. Stabilized Turquoise gemstones will sell for 25 cents to 5 dollars per carat depending on color and matrix patterning. Turquoise will vary in color from deep green to light blue while the surrounding hues may feature white or black. There are also rare colors of Turquoise such as lime green Turquoise, yellow, and brown Turquoise. Some gems may not feature varying colors within the stone. There are also many cousins in the phosphate gemstone family such as Variscite, Chalcociderite, and Faustite that are commonly sold as Turquoise and have been for thousands of years. Keep in mind that surrounding color does not cause the value of the gem to decrease. Therefore, individuals should decide whether they like more or less color variation in their Turquoise Jewelry or stones, whether they like "Matrix" or host rock in the gem or not, and if they desire a standard grade of Turquoise, a rare hue, or an ultra rare variety of Turquoise such as Spiderweb Turquoise or Turquoise from a rare local or closed mine. - Find More Turquoise Information at our Turquoise Learning Center

Turquoise Information - Buying Tips
When shopping for turquoise, be sure to review the stone’s color for vividness and uniformity. After a company procures turquoise, they typically treat the gem to enhance the stone’s attributes. In some cases, treatment will include dye, which will change a pale-colored stone into one with bright colors. Low quality gems usually receive a dye treatment, and since turquoise is porous, it will accept chemically based color additives. If gem shoppers notice that a stone appears translucent, then it may be color treated and is a low quality gem. If a buyer purchases a dyed stone, then he or she should ensure proper care to prevent the turquoise from fading or discoloring. Global turquoise reserves appear to be decreasing while the demand for the gem is growing. Therefore, purchasing a piece of jewelry with a quality stone may be a smart financial investment.

Turquoise Information - Cuts
Turquoise is not transparent. Therefore, jewelry cutters typically do not facet the stone. Instead, artisans cut Turquoise cabochons or Turquoise beads. In fact, the cabochon cut is the oldest and most basic way that jewelers cut gems. Buyers will also find Turquoise in carved shapes like pear, flower,heart, and more intricate shapes.

Turquoise Information - How to Care for Turquoise
Since turquoise is a phosphate mineral, it is fragile. Therefore, gemstone owners should use caution when wearing perfume on their neck and wrists while adorning themselves with a turquoise bracelet or necklace. Chemicals will damage the stone’s finish and may change its color. Skin oils may also negatively affect turquoise. Avoid cleaning the gem with commercial jewelry cleaning products and prevent the stone from entering direct sunlight because it can cause turquoise to discolor. Before putting on a jewelry item featuring turquoise, apply makeup and sunscreen in addition to hairspray. After wearing turquoise, gently wipe the stone with a soft, clean towel, which will prevent residue from developing. It is safe to wash the gem with warm water. However, be sure to dry it thoroughly before placing it inside a storage container. Store turquoise in a separate compartment away from other jewelry pieces or gems as turquoise may become scratched. Also, do not store the gemstone in an airtight container since this can also cause damage to the stone.

We hope you have learned some great new Turquoise Information - for more please visit our Turquoise Infomation page on www.duragosilver.com

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise

Some of the most sought after Turquoise in the world by gem collectors is natural Lone Mountain Turquoise from Nevada, especially the spiderweb variety. 

Water Web Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise in a Sterling Silver ring by Dillon Hartman

Historical Lone Mountain Turquoise Information

The Lone Mountain turquoise mine is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada, not far from Tonopah. It has been one of the great producers of Nevada Turquoise. The color ranges from a beautiful clear blue to a dark blue spider web Turquoise. Lone Mountain has always been noted for holding its color. To this day jewelry can be found that was made in the 1930’s or 1940’s with Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise just as blue as when it was made.
To the left is a handmade Sterling Silver ring that features some of the newer natural Lone Mountain Turquoise that has come out within the last 5-10 years. This piece of Turquoise has water web matrix and beautiful pastel blue color to it.

The mine was claimed by Lee Hand and named Blue Jay Mining Lode. Later, after seeing that so many mines had been named Blue Jay, Hand changed the mine’s name to Lone Mountain. In 1927 at a depth of about 40 feet Bert Kopenhaver, who had leased the mine from Hand, found the beautiful Spider Web Turquoise material that made Lone Mountain one of the top mines in the Southwest. Today, Lone Mountain’s beautiful blue spider web still gives Lander Blue, the most valuable Turquoise in the world, a run for its money. The mine has continued to change hands over the years and even now a small amount of good material is being produced.
The mine has many rare occurrence such as the "fossil turquoise" finds in this mine. Plant fossils and sometimes seashells that have dissolved away leaving only the cavities were filled with Turquoise deposits which are usually Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise. My favorite are the reeds that have been fossilized and make natural beads that already have wholes in them. Turquoise nuggets in moss agate have also been found.
Lone Mountain Turquoise and Gold  Ring

Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise

You can learn a lot more about Lone Mountain Turquoise Spiderweb on www.DurangoSilver.com's web page for Lone Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise

Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay

Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay

Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay

Here is an awesome product of a collaboration between two Southwestern Jewelry artisans. Take a look at these large Sterling Silver stud earrings. The focal point of these Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay by Dillon Hartman and Stanley Manygoats are two round mosaic inlays of natural gemstones. Each inlay pattern features Cloud Mountain or Yungai Spiderweb Turquoise, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Broken Arrow Turquoise, Spiny Oyster Shell, red Coral, Mother of Pearl and Black Onyx. This inlay pattern is awesome and very colorful. All the gemstones in these Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay are natural. The outside of these large round stud earrings are accented with large flat round raindrop separated by small ball or raindrop designs. You will get a ton of compliments on these one of a kind handmade Sterling Silver post earrings. Add these Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay to your gemstone silver jewelry collection today. Handmade in Durango, Colorado USA, these post earrings feature the Southwestern Jewelry hallmark “Durango .925”.

Large Round Stud Earrings with Multi Color Inlay

These Sterling Silver post earrings measure 3/4 inch in diameter. The earrings ( left and right sides together ) weighs 14.36 grams. - See more at: http://www.durangosilver.com/large_round_stud_earrings_with_7523_prd1.htm#sthash.H48Ema7l.dpuf

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lost Wax Silver Ring And Sugilite Ring

Lost Wax Silver Ring And Sugilite Ring

Sugilite and Silver Ring

Art Nouveau style deep purple Lost Wax Silver Ring And Sugilite Ring by Crystal Hartman. Love purple? You will love this ring. This modern Sterling Silver ring for women is truly a one-of-a-kind and has a very organic feel with its botanical design. The Sugilite and Silver Ring features an oval cabochon of natural Sugilite from the Wessel’s mine in South Africa. The color of this un-backed natural gemstone is outstanding and is the perfect deep purple color naturally. An organic leaf crown encircles a top gem grade, bright purple, natural Sugilite cabochon. The Lost Wax Silver Ring And Sugilite Ring is designed so that the back is open and the stone can be seen from all sides. This type of design is wonderful for metaphysical or chakra healing. This fine Sugilite ring was American handmade in Durango, Colorado USA.

Sugilite and Silver Ring Details:

The natural gemstone measures : 1 1/8 inch long X 3/8 inch wide. The silver ring weighs 11 grams. The Sterling Silver and Sugilite Ring is a size 6 1/2. - See more at: http://www.durangosilver.com/lost_wax_silver_ring_and_3770_prd1.htm?pSearchQueryId=729038#sthash.iBAE6gcL.dpuf

Womens Turquoise Ring | Durango Silver Company

Womens Turquoise Ring

Women's Turquoise Ring is more than likely one of her favorite everyday rings that she wears. Turquoise is a beautiful gemstone and a person gets a special feeling of warmth, happiness and health when wearing it, especially a Womens Turquoise Ring as it is within her field of vision. Most people have more than one ring in their collection and if you don't have Turquoise piece in this collection you are truly missing out.

Women's Turquoise Ring History

Women's Gold Turquoise Ring

For thousands of years Turquoise has been believed to have spiritual and metaphysical powers. In many parts of the world, including America, it still does and the proof is in the person who wears a piece. Time after time when asked, the person wearing a piece of Turquoise will tell you it makes them feel good to wear it and a lady will find her Womens Turquoise Ring will become a most important possession to have with her as often as possible.

inlay womens turquoise ring

Womens Turquoise Ring

Durango Silver Company has a wide variety of Turquoise Rings to chose from and Womens Turquoise Rings are our specialty. We also specialize in high quality natural Turquoise in all of our Jewelry items that we sell. We have Nevada Green TurquoiseArizona Blue Turquoise and a large variety of rare, hard to find Turquoise from spider webbed to extinct Mines. When you buy a womens Turquoise ring from Durango Silver Co. you are buying the best.

- See more at: http://www.durangosilver.com/womens-turquoise-ring.html#sthash.ZM6NERLQ.dpuf

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lander Blue Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons - Durango Silver Company

Lander Blue Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons - Durango Silver Company

Lander Blue Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons

A Brief History on Lander Blue Turquoise

The Lander Blue Turquoise mine in Lander County, Nevada is located between Battle Mountain and Tenabo. The mine was first claimed in 1973. This little mine produced some of the most beautiful spiderweb Turquoise ever discovered. Today it is considered the most valuable Turquoise on earth. Not surprisingly, as early as 1975 it had been stated that Lander Blue had become some of the most valuable Turquoise to date.

Like a number of the other high-grade Turquoise finds, Lander Blue was a very rich pocket discovery, and has been referred to as a “hat mine,” a term used to described small floats of Turquoise because they could be “covered with a hat” and exaggerated figure of speech There were no extensive zones or long veins. These pockets are not uncommon in nature and once mined out they are gone forever. The Lander Blue mine produce almost entirely spiderweb Turquoise cabochons once cut with colors from medium to deep blue with a stark black matrix. Although some other grades were found only approximately 100 pounds of the beautiful spiderweb Turquoise was mined at the location.
Rita Hapgood, a one time blackjack dealer in Battle Mountain, while walking with her two sisters, found little nuggets on the ground along Indian Creek in the Crescent Valley area of Nevada. After discovering this deposit of high-grade Turquoise she went on to claim the site as the Mary Louise Lode Mining Claim, the name Mary Louise belonging to her mother. The mine bordered the Lander Ranch. Later the claim was sold to Marvin Syme and Henry 'Hank' Dorian for the sum of $10,000.00. They brought in Bob Johnson, who provided equipment and began working the claim. The three then named the company the Lander Blue Turquoise Corp.

Lander Blue Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochon from the Hartman Collection

Marvin Syme ended up owning a number of Turquoise mines in Nevada and later retired to Idaho. Hank Dorian operated the Nevada Club in Battle Mountain for a number of years until his passing and Bob and Dixie Johnson continued to sell Lander Blue Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons until they ran out. The Lander Blue mine later became part of Dowell Ward’s large string of Turquoise mines.
Today, because of its rarity and value, there seems to be more Lander Blue for sale than was ever mined. With very little provenance available when buying beautiful Lander Blue Spiderweb Turquoise Cabochons or Lander Blue Turquoise Jewelry, this material has truly become a case of ”Buyer Beware.” The only way to be sure is to buy from a reputable dealer and know what you are looking at. To the trained eye, nothing looks like true Lander Blue Turquoise.