Kingman Turquoise Mine & Jewelry
The Kingman Mine area was first mined for turquoise by the Navajos dating back to 600 AD. On the northwestern border of Arizona, the Kingman Turquoise Mine is an enormous open pit mine that has turned out a great quantity of quality turquoise. The Kingman mine, defined by its turquoise nuggets, displays the hue of an energized blue in conjunction with its black matrix. While still an electric blue, the high-grade Kingman turquoise shows a gorgeous silver matrix.
Shutdown during the 1970s, the Kingman mine revived operations and reopened in 2004. The Kingman mine provided a large amount of turquoise to the Native American jewelry market throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Sometimes referred to as a high blue, the Kingman nuggets are a magnificent contributor to modern turquoise.
Kingman Turquoise in the News
Since we’re great lovers of turquoise in general, and turquoise jewelry in particular, we are periodically going to share great pictures we find of both. Today’s pic is of a stunning group of Kingman Turquoise cabochons (cabochon, for the uninitiated, means a polished finished gemstone), courtesy of Garlands Jewelry. Kingman Turquoise has been used by the Navajos in their jewelry since 600 AD when they starting harvesting from the legendary Kingman Turquoise open-pit mine in Arizona, and is recognized by its electric blue hues traced with black matrix, and is some of the best blue turquoise you’re likely to find. Very high-grade Kingman turquoise has a silver matrix, making for a stunning mixture of electric blue and silver, which makes for some truly gorgeous turquoise jewelry.
November 23, 2011 No CommentsTagged in Turquoise Cabochons