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||Turquoise, Leadville, Colorado.
I have a lot of wonderful turquoise from the old Turquoise Chief Mine in Leadville. This is old material and hasn't been mined
for 50 years or so, as far as I know. Most will be freeform shapes and vary from
light robin-egg blue to deep blue to greenish to deep green. Just as color
varies considerably, so does hardness. Gems up to 1" in size. Depth varies, and
some will have a liquid steel backing.Priced according to color and
aesthetics. I plan to put some of the better ones online when I get a chance,
but it could be awhile. Write to me for particulars.
|| Turquoise, Villa Grove, Colorado|
We have a few nice smallish pieces of turquoise from
this wonderful locale. These were dump collected years ago, so don't expect
any giants. Most of these are smallish and thin. But Villa Grove is known
world-wide for its outstanding quality and color. As with most any turquoise
locale, color and quality vary considerably. I plan to put a few of the
better ones online eventually. Priced according to size, color, and quality.
||Columbine Blue Agate, Colorado.|
Another wonderfully exclusive Colorado gemstone,
this agate or chalcedony was named for the rich, slightly purplish-blue of
the state flower. Seems to have an almost fluorescent quality to it,
although it actually doesn't fluoresce. This material occurs in small pieces
in a very limited area and is difficult to cut, (especially into larger
pieces) due to the irregular shapes, thinness of rough material, pits and
imperfections. But the finished stones can be outstandingly attractive. I
have both freeforms (larger) and some standard shapes. These are priced
according to depth of color, overall attractiveness, and freedom from
imperfections, up to $5/ct. Average price is about 1/2 that.
If you are looking for a neat Colorado gemstone to use in your next project
or to please a special friend, check these out
I will post a few of the more significant pieces eventually as I have time.
||Sphalerite, Big 4 Mine, Kremmling, CO., 5.62 ct arrowhead cut, ~8.5 x 12.5 mm, SI.|
$281.00 (Stock # SPGA-0562)
||Sphalerite, Big 4 Mine, Kremmling, CO., 3.09 ct triangle |
$150 (Stock #SPGT-0309)
||Sphalerite, Big 4 Mine,
Kremmling, CO. 5.02 ct oval, 8.8 x 10.7 mm|
$200.00 (Stock #SPGO-0502)
||Fluorite, light emerald green.|
I currently have four of these in stock, very limited. Sizes 0.98 ct pear; 1.39 ct arrowhead; 1.60 oval brilliant; and a 1.64 ct lozenge. Very amazing color, material found in central/southwest Colorado. Will have some inclusions. Looks for all the world like light chromium rich emeralds, not the usual green fluorites you see. Cut in USA. $50/ct. Please note that these are collectors' stones and really too soft to make very wearable jewelry from.
||Fluorite, typical light green. 8.68 ct Portuguese
teardrop. 10.3x15.1 mm. Several scattered inclusions.|
Typical of the
greens you see from Colorado and other localities. Rather on the soft and
fragile side, and not recommended for wearable jewelry. Not 100% certain it
is from Colorado, but likely (other possibility is New Hampshire). $10/ct,
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