Learn All About the Latest Fashion in Turquoise:
"Boulder" or "Ribbon" Turquoise
Ribbon or Boulder Turquoise, whichever you choose to call
it, has become one of the hottest styles or looks in natural Turquoise
in the past decade.
Ribbon Turquoise is actually fine veins of Turquoise that
have formed in small cracks of the host rock where the sedimentary
minerals have conglomerated. In other words, rain, snow and atmospheric
moisture washed heavy metals such as, copper, iron, aluminum sulfites
and other trace mineral concentrates into voids below the surface
of the earth. As millions of years go by these minerals evolve into
what we now know as Boulder or Ribbon Turquoise.
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What makes Ribbon Turquoise
The color of the Turquoise differs due to the proportions
of the particular mineral content. Copper produces blue hues, Iron
with copper produces green hues, iron also produces rust or red
hues that is found in the surrounding host rock as well as in the
matrix of the Turquoise. The host rock, (rock surrounding the Turquoise,)
differs from region to region. It can run from a sandstone - blondes,
ryolite - gold tones to black churts and manganese. These different
combos make for different looks in Boulder
Ribbon Turquoise is found in most Turquoise deposits,
worldwide. In the past it was disregarded as it was so hard to cut
out of the host rock that it was not profitable. Today, the public
likes natural gemstones and formations which make this formation
of Turquoise very popular.
Boulder or Ribbon Turquoise Jewerly
Turquoise Jewerly made with Ribbon Turquoise is very unique and
deffinately one of a kind. No two pieces of Ribbon Turquoise are
the same, therefore, no two pieces of Turquoise Jewelry made
with Ribbon Turquoise are alike as well. Boulder Turquoise Rings,
Pendants, Bracelets, Necklaces and Ribbon Turquoise Earrings can
be purchased easily these days, however, as trends change it may
become hard to find in the future. Ribbon Turquoise Jewelry is truely
unique and beautiful - if you like it, 2010 is the year to buy it
as it is in vogue now!
As Turquoise Miners ourselves, we really love Boulder Turquoise
because it is the closest thing a retail customer will ever see
to how the Natural Turquoise looks in the mine. Ribbon or Boulder
Turquoise after all, just cabochons or Turquoise beads that are
cut with the vien in its natural state in the rock, instead of cutting
all the host rock off to obtain a solid Turquoise stone. When you
are look at Boulder
Turquoise jewelry you are seeing the Turquoise vein as it
would lay in the mine, only polished. It is a great thing for the
jewelry buyer to see to show educate them as to how Turquoise is
mined, and that it does not all come out of the ground in nuggets.
Hopefully while browsing this site you will get a good picture of
what vein Turquoise looks like in nature and why it makes such beautiful
Ribbon Turquoise jewelry.
A lot of the Ribbon or Boulder Turquoise comes from the Pilot Mountain Turquoise and Royston Turquoise mines in Nevada. These were the original mines to produce Boulder or Ribbon Turquoise in the history of Turquoise.
Story by: John Hartman of Durango, Colorado USA
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