As these stones are not a) dyed into a perfect blue and b) not injected with a composite to harden them, care needs to be taken whilst setting and also whilst wearing.
Some of the Turquoise will be a bit porous and may absorb some colour, certainly if it comes in contact with a coloured liquid.
A person's own body oil or some wax rubbed over the stone will help to seal the stone and, at least to some degree, protect it from absorbing some other unwelcome coloured liquid, or whatever.
Not being artificially hardened, it needs to be considered as such; avoiding being scratched and knocked is essential.
If people can treat an Emerald or an Opal with more care than they do their Diamond ring, well so can they with a Natural, untreated Turquoise.
So how RARE is VERY RARE...?
Well, if compared with Black Opal, which is considered very rare, even though it has been mined for over a century, and which is also in the category of cabochon cut stones and also an Australian Gemstone, then this Turquoise is a vastly more rare Gemstone.
And, considering that the rough on hand is is all there is; once that rough is cut and sold, there won’t be any more, finished, all gone… in fact irreplaceable… how rare is that?
In addition, the fact that this Turquoise is very rare, very intriguing and totally Natural, puts it in a league above the 90% of all Turquoise that has been treated, one way or another.
US$ prices and payment by PayPal relates to EXPORT only.
Within Australia; our normal A$ prices, credit terms, postage terms, payments and GST applies.
All stones were cut in the 1960's and 1970’s from some rough extracted from the old and original Chrysoprase mine at Marlborough, Queensland, which produced the best quality in Australia.
These stones are clean and supplied in mixed shades and in similar proportions as the unselected small sample lots shown in the photos.
And, as the photos also shows, the proportions of light, medium and deep shades of colour vary from size to size; like 7mm vs 8mm.
Prices are negotiable for quantities of 1,000 pieces or more.
Postage is A$15.00
Aquaprase (very light Blue/Green) pieces may be available.
The above photo shows the basic shades of colour, but not the proportions of colour shades we sell as “mixed”.
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 payment.
Very Rare Australian Turquoise!
“TurqOZ”... 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…
Note: To fit into the fixed photo frames, larger sized stones may appear smaller than actual.