Nevada Turquoise Cabochons

Nevada Turquoise Cabochons

Long before the first European explorers entered the area that would later become known as Nevada, Native Americans first mined the beautiful mineral known as turquoise. Some of the deposits found in the Fox and Crescent Peak mines were worked extensively. For centuries, the native peoples of Nevada produced necklaces and various other items using turquoise; however, unlike some of the tribes in Arizona that also cherish turquoise, silver work and the art of making Native American silver jewelry never became fully established in Nevada.

Since the 1920's, Nevada has been a major producer of turquoise. Until the early 1980's, the state of Nevada was the largest producer in the United States. Many people believe it may once again be the largest producer of turquoise in this period of small turquoise operations.

There are approximately 100 different mines and prospects located in Nevada that have produced significant quantities of turquoise that are considered to be very good to excellent quality. This number exceeds the total number of turquoise deposits in the total United States combined. Production from these mines varies between a few thousand dollars worth of material at some of the smaller properties to many millions of dollars at the other more productive ones. The current reported value of rough turquoise from the state of Nevada is estimated to exceed $250 million dollars.

Mines in Nevada have produced turquoise with a wide diversity of colors and different matrix patterns, including various shades of blue, blue-green, and green. Nevada turquoise cabochons are unique with their shades of bright apple to mint to neon yellow green. A portion of these unusually colored Nevada turquoise cabochons may contain significant zinc and iron, which is the cause of the beautiful bright green to yellow-green shades. A portion of these green to green yellow shades may actually be Variscite or Faustite, which are secondary phosphate minerals similar in appearance to that of turquoise. A large portion of the Nevada turquoise material is also noted for its attractive brown or black limonite veining, which produces what is called "spiderweb matrix".

A number of the Nevada turquoise deposits were first worked by Native Americans; however, the total Nevada turquoise production since the 1870's has been estimated at more than 600 tons, including nearly 400 tons from the Carico Lake mine. Currently, small scale mining operations continue at a number of turquoise properties in Nevada, including the Godber, Orvil Jack and Carico Lake Mines in Lander County, the Pilot Mountain Mine in Mineral County, and several properties in the Royston and Candelaria areas of Esmerelda County.

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Native Americans have been handcrafting jewelry since they first drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and transformed shell and stone into wearable jewelry. Some of the oldest discovered pieces date from over 10,000 years ago. The skilled artisans at Alltribes continue the age-old tradition and create captivating works of art that will surpass your expectations!

Alltribes is one of the rare workshops that you can actually come in and visit, and see Native Americans creating extraordinary pieces of jewelry. We are conveniently located near Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ in the historic town of Gilbert. Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry blends ancient history, natural beauty, and unparalleled expertise flawlessly.

Our Jewelry

The design and quality of our Silver and Turquoise jewelry are unmatched and stand far above the rest. Turquoise conveys a special meaning as it has for centuries and in populations across the globe. Turquoise signifies healing, spirit and good fortune. The masterful techniques, our artisans incorporate this semi-precious stone into beautiful and intricate designs, draws customers from around the world.

You can own a piece of Native American artistry without spending a fortune. Alltribes provides deep discounts because we don't purchase our jewelry elsewhere. Our in-house artists and silversmiths create custom pieces without the extra expenses of middlemen, shipping and tariffs.

Our Local History

Gilbert, AZ provides the ideal location for crafting our Native American jewelry. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes have inhabited nearby lands for many thousands of years. Their eternal respect for natural beauty and their innate talent shines through in every handcrafted piece of jewelry.

Our dazzling, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from a nearby mine in Globe, AZ. This unique and exceedingly rare turquoise is renowned for its hardness, durability, and gorgeous color. Our artisans preserve the natural beauty of this precious stone, so you can admire its elegance for years to come. A hand buffed polish protects the stones and heightens its natural beauty.

Our Tradition

In addition to Native American jewelry, Alltribes upholds the ancient traditions of Native Americans by offering more than remarkable jewelry. You can also own Hopi Kachina dolls, pueblo pottery, hand-dyed leather belts, dreamcatchers, tomahawks and other Southwestern and Native American artifacts, to beautify your home and your life. It is our pleasure, to help spread knowledge about the Native American culture to the general public.

As part of our continuing effort to inform and inspire, we offer a vast array of in-depth knowledge for those who want to learn more about Native Americans and the Southwest. Our online knowledge center is free for all and includes some of the most interesting and complete information available online.

Alltribes has been serving our valued customers for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that when you have a question or concern, we'll be right here, ready to help. When you purchase something online today, you never know if the company will still be there, next week or next month.

Alltribes' reputation and longstanding experience ensure you get more than just jewelry – you get a wealth of seasoned knowledge and exceptional service…..that you can count on! We consider our customers to be part of our extended family and we're proud to say that our family now spans continents. We'd love to have you join us!

In addition to our local Native American products, we offer distinguished wares, sourced from Native American tribes across the U.S. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other Native American artists provide one-of-a-kind items that we proudly offer to you, at direct to you prices!

Alltribes is much more than just a manufacturer, store and knowledge center. We keep a jewelry workshop on site. If you want a custom design, our silversmiths will work with you to turn your dream into reality. Have an idea for something new? Talk with our artisans and discuss how to bring it to fruition. And should your beloved jewelry ever need to be repaired, we help with that, too.

Whether you're a Native American enthusiast, a collector, a designer or simply someone who loves beauty, Alltribes showcases a diverse collection of superior artifacts, sure to satisfy even the most selective customer.