Sonoran Turquoise, Royston Turquoise, & Boulder Turquoise Pendant | Gilbert James
Face: 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"
Gilbert James' masterful craftsmanship brings Sonoran turquoise, Royston turquoise, and Boulder turquoise to new heights in this stunning pendant. Here, shinning Sonoran turquoise's brilliant bright blue and green with a gold and earth brown matrix surrounds a Royston turquoise and Boulder turquoise stone. Every stone was hand selected with James' experienced eye, and the result is an eye-catching work of art.
Hailing from the Campitos mine situated near Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, Sonoran turquoise stands out due to its distinctive mining process. Unlike traditional turquoise veins, this variety is frequently discovered as nuggets within clay deposits. In operation since the 1980s, the mine yields exquisite Sonoran turquoise, characterized by vivid green hues complemented by brown matrix, occasionally accented with traces of pyrite to infuse a captivating sparkle.
Known for its captivating blues and intricate gold matrix patterns, Royston turquoise is a beloved gemstone still mined today in Tonepeh, Nevada. The oldest patented mine in Nevada, Royston turquoise is considered highly collectible and a good investment.
The renowned Royston and Pilot Mountain Mines in Nevada are primary sources of Boulder turquoise, setting it apart from other turquoise varieties. Differing from the mine-centric identification of most turquoise types, Boulder turquoise distinguishes itself by its unique turquoise veins gracefully traversing through boulder stones. Aptly referred to as "Ribbon" turquoise, this variety showcases its name by elegantly forming ribbon-like arcs within the rich brown expanse of the boulder stones.
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