Note: Any one of these three basic shades can be selected out and supplied,
but a selection price applies.
A photo of the selected stones will be supplied for approval prior to shipping.
All of the stones were cut and polished
in the 1960's and 1970’s from rough
that had been extracted from
the old and original Chrysoprase mine
at Marlborough, Queensland, Australia,
which produce Australia’s best Chrysoprase.
These stones are clean/cleanish and
supplied in varying mixed shades of green
Each size has a different proportion
of shades of green.
This is clearly evident when comparing
the 7mm rounds with the 8mm rounds
in the photos below, for example.
The stones in the photos
are cut out from the stock bags
and are therefore NOT selected.
They are indicative of
what will be shipped as MIXED.
Prices are negotiable for quantities
in the 1,000’s, including mixed sizes.
VERY RARE Turquoise
VERY RARE Turquoise
Very Rare Australian Turquoise!
Australia's one and only Turquoise!
This Turquoise was mined by a public company in the late 1960's and into the early 1970's after which another company took over until mid 1970's.
It is the only commercial Turquoise mine that has ever operated in Australia.
Practically the entire production was shipped by air to USA where the Turquoise jewellery craze was still strong, although in a decline.
Back in Australia, the mining company ran into a bit of bother; it was approaching an Aboriginal sacred site and was forced to close down it's mining operations.
Besides that, they had basically run out of Turquoise bearing ground and the mining was no longer viable, anyway.
As a consequence of that, the company wanted to dispose of all of the rough Turquopise it had on hand at the time it seized mining.
The total of the rough amounted to just a couple of hundred kilos and I bought the lot.
From that, some rough were sold, some made into Silverform Jewellery and some cut into calibrated stones.
The rest, about 150 Kg, was just stored away and as the saying goes; “Out of sight, out of mind!”, and how true is that not!
So, having been bought in the mid 1970's and then stored away until it’s recent “discovery”, nearly half of a Century later, it's again available and this time for Australians to hopefully enjoy and appreciate.
This Turquoise is not just rare, but in fact VERY rare as perhaps half of the remaining kilos are small chips down to pin head size and either too small, too porous or of too low a quality to cut.
Even though there will be thousands of stones cut from what is suitable as cutting material, some thousands of stones is absolutely nothing when considering the millions of people in Australia... and really how rare when considering the billions of people around the world vis-a-vis a few thousand stones…