Mexican Turquoise

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Turquoise From Mexico

Turquoise has been a prized gem in Mexico for a very long time, probably longer than can be documented.  For example, a Teotihuacan mask that might date back as far as 300 A.D. has been unearthed.  The Toltec civilization is known to have traded turquoise with northern civilizations in the 8th Century. When the Toltec civilization died out, only to be replaced by the Aztecs, turquoise gained even greater prominence. One of the most stunning pieces in Montezuma's famed treasure (now in British museum) includes a carved serpent that is decorated with turquoise tiles.

Today most of the turquoise mined in Mexico comes from the northern state of Sonora, which shares a border with the U.S. state of Arizona.  Mexican  turquoise can be of high quality, and comes in both shades of blue and green.  The very best Mexican turquoise is every bit as good as that found in the Southwestern U.S. states. 

There are several mines in Sonora, including the following:

  • Caridad Mine, La Caridad, Mun. de Nacozari de Carcia,, Sonora.

  • Barranca Mine, Santa Maria, Mun. de Onavas, Sonora

  • Mun. de Baviacora, Sonora

 


 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States
Other Locations

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMITATIONS

African Turquoise

Block Turquoise

Faience Ceramic
Howlite Turquoise

Natural Imposters

Polymer Clay
Utah Turquoise
Vienna Turquoise

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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