Battle Mountain turquoise mine was in Lander County, Nevada where, Blue Gem Turquoise was mined.
It opened in 1934 and was closed to turquoise production decades ago. It was a large mine that produced a variety of turquoise in a many of colors ranging from a distinct crystal blue to emerald, green.
The mine's stones were highly valued for their hardness and quality. The glassy and translucent glow, combined with rare flecks of pyrite found in quality Blue Gem turquoise jewelry remains a very sought after element by collectors today.
The mine has been closed for many decades and the turquoise rough is depleted. It is only found in private collections at this time.
99% of turquoise today is stabilized or enhanced to make it hard enough to work into cabochons. There is nothing wrong
with that. It is why this turquoise is so collectable. It is very rare today to find a natural turquoise stone.
That is what we found. Several pounds of rare natural Blue gem turquoise rough.
This cabochon is a free form shape. This is very hard turquoise. The shine is amazing.
The stone was cut by Marvin and set by Marvin and Sondra of Boone Silversmith
Perfect for your favorite sterling pearls or turquoise bead necklace.
Pendant hang: 2.25"
Battle Mountain cabochon: 9 grams
Boone Silversmith is a Native American owned business. You are purchasing directly from the artist and her family.
If it is a vintage piece of Southwest jewelry, it will be listed as such.
Sondra Boone is a recognized artist and registered member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
As well as a registered member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
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We are happy to create something for you. We have an extensive collection Vintage American turquoise from mines such as, Kingman, Royston, Morenci, Bisbee, Ithica Peak, Stormy Mountain, Number8, Damele. And my favorite, Sonora Sunrise. We work mainly with Sterling but are open to new things. Don't hesitate to contact us and we can discuss the stone and design you are interested in. You may custom chose your turquoise.
Most jewelry can be customized in some ways. New pieces can be designed and made per your size needs. Please contact us with any questions.
All Turquoise and most semi precious stones should be kept dry and not stored in sunny places. Natural untreated Stones can change color due to chemical exposure such as shamoo, soap, lotions ect. so make a habbit of removing your jewelry before using these things. Exposure to excessive heat and sunlight can cause fading so try not to store your stones in the sunlight.
Most American turquoise is backed, this is for the protection of the stone, it gives it a little impact resistance, rings and bracelets do take alot of bumping around. Some stones we will only set in Pendants as they do not take the abuse rings and bracelets sometimes see. There are many sterling cleaners on the market, we would be more than happy to polish for you.
Jewelry items are packed in jewelry boxing and ready to gift. Gift wrapping is available at an additional $4 charge. Just leave in the notes that it is a gift or send a message with your wishes and we will do our best to make it perfect.
Cabochons will be wrapped in bubble wrap and boxed securely for safe shipping.