Beads are one of the oldest forms of adornment found as artifacts around the world, and it is believed that Native American tribes have been making beads since pre-history. Beads continue to be one of the most popular and accessible forms of turquoise, and turquoise beads are often handed down for many generations. Hard, natural turquoise,that doesn’t need to be stabilized to be cut into a cabochon or bead and polished, is the most valuable and the least abundant form of turquoise. This referred to as high-grade or gem-grade turquoise..
Almost all natural turquoise is soft and porous. It is often found in the form of a chalk that must be stabilized to be cut and polished. Stabilization does not defer the value of a stone, but natural turquoise that is hard enough to be used in jewelry without stabilizing is highly collectible.
Carico Lake Turquoise has an astonishing color palette. Ranging from highly unique electric greens to sky blue; from teal to mossy, earthy greens. And rarely, a nugget with both earth and sky color. The highest grade Carico Lake Turquoise is gem-quality American turquoise. Originally known as Stone Cabin, and then Aurora #8, Carico Lake Turquoise has a colorful history for a dried-up lake bed in a remote part of Lander County. The mine has come to rest with the owner of Sunwest Silver Company, Ernest Montoya. Sunwest Silver has an extensive line of beaded products, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
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With hand-picked stone straight from our mine in Nevada, the Carico Lake Turquoise Collection offers unique turquoise jewelry in the astonishing range of color that grows in this mine. From bright lime-green turquoise to blues, teals and extra special pieces with a little sky blue and spring green combined,the Carico Lake Collection is our way of sharing some of our favorite stone with you.