MORENCI 112- 1970’s single stone ring with Morenci turquoise

$350.00

Circa 1970, this vintage single stone has  beautiful Morenci turquoise blue coloring. Difficult to photograph in its true colors, the matrix is actually lighter than the picture shows. The stone measures 3/4″ x 5/8″ and is set in solid sterling silver and wrapped with a round twist wire. The shank is handmade and has simple stamping. Please specify your size when ordering as this ring can be sized to fit.

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Morenci turquoise is another American classic, highly regarded and sought after by collectors. Though the Morenci turquoise mine produces a wide range of colors from blue to green, the most desirable is a deep blue color with a heavy iron pyrite matrix and occasionally some spider webbing.

The Morenci turquoise mine is located in Southeastern Arizona. It is the by-product of a large open-pit copper mining operation and dates back to 1864. William “Lucky” Brown was offered the mining rights in the 1950s and the Brown family has worked the mine since. Though no turquoise is actively being produced at the Morenci mine, small amounts do still come to market each year from the stock that was mined previously.

 

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