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For all you Turquoise lovers out there, just got this insane 12x12 cushion cab from the now closed Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona. This turquoise is arguably the best in the world, perfectly blue with no veining. Whenever this stuff crosses my path I buy it immediately.



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Gotta admit I am way out of my depth being able to discern good turquoise. I can usually spot Eidos pants pretty well, though.
 

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Would you wear a Jesus chain if you are an atheist? I mean, they do look cool...
This is about 1/4 of my wife's collection. We're as irreligious as they come.
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Some of that silver is badly in need of polishing
 

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For all you Turquoise lovers out there, just got this insane 12x12 cushion cab from the now closed Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona. This turquoise is arguably the best in the world, perfectly blue with no veining. Whenever this stuff crosses my path I buy it immediately.



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That’s interesting that veining is undesirable, as someone with zero stone knowledge the veins are what makes turquoise interesting to me
 

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That’s interesting that veining is undesirable, as someone with zero stone knowledge the veins are what makes turquoise interesting to me
hmm thats interesting to hear! I think a lot of the desire comes from it's rarity and being uncommon, it's like finding a vintage McQueen runway piece on the market.
 

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I think there are two schools of thought; those who like turquoise with a lot of matrix (host rock veining) and those who prefer a clear consistent colour.

Sleeping Beauty turquoise is very famous, and was commonly used in Tiffany's jewellery for a long time, although I'm not sure about now since the mine has been closed for several years. The other turquoise I can think of which is known for clear, consistent colours is Persian; however a lot has been mined and very few high-quality stones are produced these days.

There are also collectors who favour turquoise with interesting matrix patterns, and flecks of iron pyrite (fools gold). The most expensive turquoise in the world is of this variety. Lander Blue might be the rarest and sought after of these. The mine was originally very small, quantity is very limited and is thus very expensive. Some examples are below:

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Another famous mine is Bisbee in Arizona, which is also closed. The costs of running large mines are high, and historically (until recently) turquoise was not sold at expensive prices. The majority of turquoise mines are now closed. Most of the time turquoise is mined as a by-product of copper. Bisbee turquoise is famous for its deep, vibrant colours and 'smoky' or 'misty' matrix.

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That's a beautiful cabochon by the way Dwiz.
 

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Hi all, is there much difference in quality from the various Japanese Native American inspired silver makers such as Goro's, First Arrows, Larry Smith, etc.? I am willing to spending ~1000-1500$ and want to make sure I am getting the best for the money. Goro's is of course harder to get stateside and more pricey.

Specifically, I am interested in a multi-feather silver necklace.
 

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I think there are two schools of thought; those who like turquoise with a lot of matrix (host rock veining) and those who prefer a clear consistent colour.

Sleeping Beauty turquoise is very famous, and was commonly used in Tiffany's jewellery for a long time, although I'm not sure about now since the mine has been closed for several years. The other turquoise I can think of which is known for clear, consistent colours is Persian; however a lot has been mined and very few high-quality stones are produced these days.

There are also collectors who favour turquoise with interesting matrix patterns, and flecks of iron pyrite (fools gold). The most expensive turquoise in the world is of this variety. Lander Blue might be the rarest and sought after of these. The mine was originally very small, quantity is very limited and is thus very expensive. Some examples are below:

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Another famous mine is Bisbee in Arizona, which is also closed. The costs of running large mines are high, and historically (until recently) turquoise was not sold at expensive prices. The majority of turquoise mines are now closed. Most of the time turquoise is mined as a by-product of copper. Bisbee turquoise is famous for its deep, vibrant colours and 'smoky' or 'misty' matrix.

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That's a beautiful cabochon by the way Dwiz.

Just seeing this now, well said! Brisbee is gorgeous and very hard to come by, I think I'm partial to the Sleeping Beauty because of it's Tiffany's connection, and the stigma it carries in the fine jewelry world because of that. Most clients I've had will be able to recognize Sleeping Beauty but not Brisbee, which is interesting.

That pyrite matrix stuff is super rad, haven't seen examples like that before!

Also, thank you! Hoping someone will want to make a big old signet with it.
 

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I did not notice this thread before, probably because I'm not as active here as I once was. Interesting and quality jewelry for men is difficult to come across, thanks to Brad-T for starting this thread and I enjoyed reading the posts here. As with shoes, I make my own jewelry however my interest in medieval armor and chainmail makes it challenging to make my own and I'm always on the lookout for jewelry inspired by similar themes.


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Does anyone here collect vintage keys?
 

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I did not notice this thread before, probably because I'm not as active here as I once was. Interesting and quality jewelry for men is difficult to come across, thanks to Brad-T for starting this thread and I enjoyed reading the posts here. As with shoes, I make my own jewelry however my interest in medieval armor and chainmail makes it challenging to make my own and I'm always on the lookout for jewelry inspired by similar themes.


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Does anyone here collect vintage keys?
I don't have any great leads on jewelry, but I do love that Studio Job piece you're standing next to - love their work!
 

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I don't have any great leads on jewelry, but I do love that Studio Job piece you're standing next to - love their work!
It was a spectacular piece, the detail on it was phenomenal.

Azza Fahmy does exquisite work, maybe less known in the US however she has been designing jewelry for 50 years.

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John Hardy does great chunky jewelry inspired by Balinese design

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Mana Besharati's work is inspired by Persian calligraphy.

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