Jay King Kingman Turquoise Rectangle Ring

July 23, 2010


For More Info or to Buy Now: www.hsn.com Jay King Kingman Turquoise Rectangle PendantFrame your look with antique styling. Evoking striking images of a bygone era, this stunningly beautiful piece adds an elegant charm toyour favorite… Prices shown on the previously recorded video may not represent the current price. View hsn.com to view the current selling price. HSN Item #955503

Chaco Canyon Southwest Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver…

June 11, 2010


For More Info or to Buy Now: www.hsn.comChaco Canyon Southwest Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver “Concho” Pin/PendantEnjoy the charming appeal only achieved by genuine handcrafted jewelry. This “concho”, or “old style”, pin/pendant was… Prices shown on the previously recorded video may not represent the current price. View hsn.com to view the current selling price. HSN Item #952951

Kingman Green Turquoise Diamond Earrings

May 8, 2010

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  • Made in the American Southwest with Fair Labor
  • Environmentally Friendly: Recycled Silver
  • From Design to Delivery Since 1975

Product Description
The Kingman mine on Turquoise Mountain in Arizona is known for yielding a variety of turquoise colors. Set here in gleaming sterling silver in an intriguing diamond shape, genuine Kingman turquoise provides the centerpiece for classic, stylish earrings that you’ll wear with everything from jeans to a basic black dress. Earrings measure 1-1/2″ long x 3/4″ wide and have sterling silver lever backs. Handcrafted in New Mexico USA…. More >>

Kingman Green Turquoise Diamond Earrings

Kingman Teal Blue Turquoise 3-Stone Hoop Earrings

April 5, 2010

  • Jewelry by Noted QVC Designer Carolyn Pollack
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  • Made in the American Southwest with Fair Labor
  • Environmentally Friendly: Recycled Silver
  • From Design to Delivery Since 1975

Product Description
Three teal blue turquoise stones from the Arizona Kingman mine set into gleaming sterling silver add a subtle Southwestern touch to any outfit! A teal blue turquoise cabochon accented by two round turquoise cabochons make these hoops a stunning and unusual addition to any collection. Earrings measure 1-3/4″ long x 7/8″ wide and have sterling silver posts and earnuts. Made in New Mexico USA…. More >>

Kingman Teal Blue Turquoise 3-Stone Hoop Earrings

Turquoise – The Gemstone of the Gods

March 17, 2010

Turquoise pendants and other turquoise jewelry are popular in numerous countries around the world. Fans of this stunning blue gemstone have been fascinated by the sky blue color and the characteristic dark vein pattern of this stone. Although the popularity of this stone has suffered setbacks at the hands of a fickle fashion world, it has never really fallen out of favor in the worlds of fine and fashion jewelry. The demand for turquoise probably peaked in the 1970s. Everybody wanted turquoise jewelry. The exploration and mining activities for this stone reached a fever pitch. Then, the demand fell in the 1980s and remained soft through most of the 90s. Today, once again the clamor for turquoise jewelry is rising, and new mining areas are being explored all over the world.

In most cases, our love for this stone is related to its physical appearance. The stone has the color of a clear blue sky. The color of the stone and the dark dendritic pattern appears to tell a story about the origin and location of the stone. A dense network of dark black veins suggests that the stone was mined at the Ajax mine in Nevada. If the stone has a greenish color, it was probably obtained in Royston, NV. The stunning blue turquoise from the Morenci area in Arizona is hard to miss. When in operation, the Kingman mine in Arizona produced a type of turquoise called the Birdseye turquoise. Specimens from here have a light aqua blue color with a fine pattern of darker veins. The light blue stone from Kingman was a favorite in inlay pendants for white pearl necklaces.

Through the ages though, turquoise has meant more to civilizations than just being a beautiful gemstone. In most cases, this reverence for turquoise was inspired by the blue color of the stone. Egyptians believed that the blue stone was their connection with the gods and the heavens. So only royals and priests were allowed to own the stone. They used it to make ornaments, and to decorate their palaces and tombs. Native Americans believed that turquoise represented the coming together of the heavens and earth. This belief was again founded on the fact that the color of the stone resembled that of the skies, but the stone was found on earth. Ever since their first natives found this stone on the North American continent, they have used it in their religious ceremonies. Other ancient civilizations such as the Incas and the Aztecs also had a similar high respect for turquoise.

Sources of Turquoise in the US

March 16, 2010

Copper and aluminum are the main ingredients in turquoise. This stone is generally found in areas of low precipitation and high evaporation, and typically in close proximity to copper deposits. When it was first discovered around 3000 BC, only important people in society were allowed to own it. Things have changed since then, and today a sterling silver turquoise pendant or some piece of other jewelry containing turquoise is a must for every woman’s wardrobe, especially in the Western states in the US. This article discusses turquoise mining in the United States.Arizona Arizona has several large copper deposits in turquoise can be found in close proximity to many of these locations. One of the most productive and famous turquoise mines in the US in the Bisbee mine. For many decades, the turquoise mine was operated as part of the copper mining being conducted here. This mine has produced some of the best quality turquoise in the world. The specimens are hard, bright blue, and have a well distributed pattern or fine dark veins. The mine is known to produce gem quality specimens that require no additional treatment other than cutting and polishing before use in jewelry. The other big copper deposit in Arizona – the Morenci mine – also has turquoise associated with it. The specimens here generally are aqua blue in color and contain black iron pyrites. The turquoise from Morenci takes a good shine and is some of the best in the world. Both these mines now produce only small amounts of turquoise. The Sleeping Beauty mine near Globe is the largest operating turquoise mine in the US. The characteristic of turquoise from this mine is that it has little if any vein pattern. For many years, the turquoise mine in Kingman was famous for its high quality stones. There is no production at the Kingman mine today.

Nevada The Royston area in Nevada has a few operating mines. Of these, the Ajax mine is perhaps the smallest and the most recent. The specimens from this mine are blue, or a combination of blue and green. The unusual color of the specimens from this mine has raised interest in this prospect. Turquoise from the Damali mine sometimes contains zinc. The presence of zinc causes the stone to be yellow in color, and also makes it harder than most other turquoise. The Dry Creek mine in Nevada is also worthy of mention. The turquoise here contains a relatively high amount of aluminum. So the specimens from this mine are light blue, and sometimes have no blue coloration at all. The turquoise found in Esmeralda County is generally in the form of nodules. The stones range in color from solid blue, to blue with the characteristic spider webbing.New Mexico The Cerrillos mine in New Mexico deserves special mention. The first turquoise mining operations were carried out here, about 10 miles from Santa Fe. The color of the stone has ranged from khaki green to a brilliant bluish green. The specimens from this mine are generally very hard and can be polished to a high shine. Production from this mine today is quite low. For many years, the Tyronne mine near Silver City was known for its turquoise production. However, a change in the copper mining process here has put an end to turquoise mining here.