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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Treasures: Nacazari Turquoise

Here's the good news.....we received some amazing, large Nacazari turquoise in our new shipment! The bad news? We're sorry to report that as of this month, the Nacazari Turquoise mine has closed meaning no more new material will be made available in the future.

Nacazari Turquoise Wafers
$179-$228 per 16 inch strand

I don't know about you, but that tid bit of information made me need a strand of this pretty bad. Emphasis on the need.

Since it's only found in one place on earth it was only a matter of time before the source became depleted. Nacozari Turquoise is only found in Sonora, Mexico (south of the Bisbee, Arizona in the same mountain range). Like the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, this turquoise is desired for it's beautiful blue color and little to no matrix. Some beads contain tiny pyrite inclusions and white spots due to the stone's aluminum content.

In addition to these amazing wafer cut strands we also have some smaller sized beads still available from previous shipments. Check them out here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Treasures: Chinese Turquoise

Our largest shipment of the year has arrived, and for those of you that received our email announcement some of these items may look a little familiar. However, the email only touched on a handful of exciting beads. Let me take you on a more in depth tour on our newest treasures starting with the Chinese turquoise. Stay tuned for more post throughout this week!

Most of you are familiar with popular turquoise mines like Sleeping Beauty, Fox and Nacazari, but did you know that turquoise is also found in China? In fact, turquoise has been actively mined and treasured in China for over three thousand years (remember our Tibetan turquoise?). It occurs in a wide range of color tones and matrix variations....from rich browns to lime greens to sky blues to deep indigo's. Chinese turquoise tends to be more affordable as compared to American mined turquoise because of the abundant supply and low labor costs. Major deposits of turquoise are still found in the Hubei Province. 

Check our the newest additions to our Chinese turquoise collection....

This fabulous one of a kind piece is truly a show stopper. Each bead is hand carved individually into a "melon" shape and graduates in size from an impressive 26mm to a  14mm. Very impressive indeed. This unique strand is $252.

These are one of my favorites from our new turquoise collection! I personally prefer the green turquoise (typical for a redhead!) so it was especially hard to figure out which strand (or three) I couldn't live without. Better come and claim one before I decide that I need all of them.
Green Turquoise Barrels
$28-$106 per 16 inch strand

We also got a handful of the more common silky blue tones of the turquoise barrels. These are just as nice as the green toned turquoise, but we weren't able to get as many so what you see here is what we've got.
Blue Turquoise Barrels
$28-$106 per 16 inch strand

A favorite cut has returned! These flat, tapered nuggets are captivating. Each strand has natural, earthy, multi-color patterns that remind me of watercolor paint washes. The dark brown and black matrix compliment those color "washes" very nicely.
Tapered Turquoise Nuggets
$98-$189 per 16 inch strand 

Lastly, wonderful tear drops in a variety of sizes, drop shapes, and colors. I can't wait to incorporate these in some huge, lush chandelier style earrings!
Tear Drop Turquoise
$8-$30 per 16 inch strand

Stay tuned for the next chapter of our new shipment series....

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Gold Filled Chain

Looks like we've got a gold theme going on this week when it comes to our new shipments. Safe to say that no one around here is complaining about it.

In addition to our new gold vermeil order, we've got a collection of gold filled chains that range from the very tiny, to the large yet delicate. These are beyond perfect for earrings or delicate necklaces. I've already got a couple ideas!

$6.20-$15.50 per foot.