One of the most famous and well known American Turquoise mines is the Morenci Turquoise mine form Southern Arizona. This mine was a major producer of natural gemstones that were used commercially for years in predominately Southwestern and Native American Jewelry.
The mine was famous for its beautiful true blue Turquoise. Most of the material from this famous mine was a true blue. It is also famous for its beautiful Pyrite matrix, which is one of the fingerprints of the mine. Sky blue Turquoise with silver colored iron pyrite matrix is stunning, as is the rare golden pyrite matrix in natural Morenci Turquoise.
The mine produced a wide variety of stones, from clear sky blue to pyrite matrix material to spider web to aqua blue green stones. Throughout the years gems from this mine were a staple in American Indian Jewelry made by all tribes including Navajo Jewelry, Zuni Jewelry, and more. Morenci is very popular in vintage turquoise jewelry.
Today, this beautiful classic Turquoise is hard to find. The mine has been closed for many, many, many years. Ultra high grade material from this mine as with most mines was always scarce, and today is extremely rare.
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