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Boulder Turquoise

What makes Boulder 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 - blonde, rhyolite - gold tones to black and manganese. These different combos make for different looks in Boulder Turquoise stones. Boulder 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.

In the olden days stone cutters would take the Boulder Turquoise, which they called "Saw Rock" and they would cut the thin vein out for a pure turquoise stone. If the turquoise vein was too thin or spotty, like the material used in Boulder Turquoise or ribbon turquoise stones, the miners would throw it in the tailings pile. Most natural turquoise comes in the vein form as opposed to nuggets or nodules.

When you cut the turquoise and its host rock to be Ribbon Turquoise or Boulder Turquoise cabochon (a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse.), it shows the retail customer a polished version of what is seen in the mine. This educates the customer as to how turquoise really forms. Most customers have the wrong idea since they have seen so many of the fake turquoise nugget beads, and real turquoise nugget beads that have been made from smashing larger veins and tumbling them to look like nuggets.

High-quality Boulder Turquoise stones are hard to come by since not all cutters cut this material for the best picture. Stone cutters have always cut for carat weight, and this is easy to do with this stuff. So, it is hard to find a cutter that will waste a bunch of this rock to get a good picture or ribbon pattern in a cabochon. It is not rare or hard to find boulder or ribbon turquoise cabochons, but it is hard to find cabochons with good balance. Boulder Turquoise makes a nice addition to your collection for the reasons mentioned above as well as the fact that it is a newer product on the market.

Most of the Boulder Turquoise is found in the famous Royston and Pilot Mountain Mines in Nevada. Unlike most other turquoise types that are identified by their mine origins, Boulder Turquoise is identified by the style of distinctive turquoise veins that run through boulder stones. The reason Boulder Turquoise is sometimes called Ribbon Turquoise is because the turquoise is a "ribbon" that arcs through rich brown boulder stones. The uniqueness of the turquoise patterns that map through beautiful and varied brown boulder stones really gives Boulder Turquoise jewelry its own distinctive flair.


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