Natural Morenci Turquoise Cabochons - Lot of 9 - Turquoise Gemstones - 122 Total Carats

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These nine (9) nicely matched, 100% natural, robin's egg blue Morenci Turquoise cabochons would make a gorgeous bracelet, belt buckle, or necklace if set with all or some of the stones; beautiful individual wire wrapped pendants; or pendants set in silver or gold; or several stunning rings; or...??? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination! We have dozens more Morenci Turquoise cabs up to about 47 carats, so if you're looking for a particular size or shape of stone, please send us an email. By law, the descriptive term "natural" can only be applied to stones that have not been stabilized, dyed, or treated in any way. In other words, these Turquoise cabochons are cut from rough stones just as they have come out of the Earth. One of the first American turquoises to come to the market, Morenci is well known, highly valued, collectible, and now difficult to obtain. The fact that Morenci Turquoise is no longer being mined, along with its beautiful robin's egg blue color and unusual matrix, makes Morenci very valuable in today’s turquoise market. We had the good fortune of procuring a small lot of gemmy natural Morenci Turquoise cabochons from an internationally acclaimed Tucson jeweler who had cut the stones in his own studio. We got a fair deal and we're passing the savings on to our customers. These particular seven stones were "cherry-picked" from the lot to match well and provide a range of shapes and sizes. From the information we could gather, this lot of turquoise was probably mined in the 1980’s. Set in gold or silver it would make stunning jewelry, or simply be impressive cabochons in a fine collection of classic Southwestern US turquoise specimens. As you can see in the photo that shows the reverse side and the weights, the stones are backed with epoxy for strength, a standard practice in the lapidary arts (see note below). We do our best to take photos in good light that reflect the true colors and the colors shown are very close to the actual shade of turquoise. Colors on other computer monitors may vary slightly.

We have dozens of Morenci Turquoise cabochons from this same batch, so if you are looking for a particular shade or maybe a matched set of a certain number of cabs, just let us know and we can put together a reserved lot of stones for you.

We used to own and manage a small hand-crafted jewelry business called "Silver and Stone Works" in New Mexico. However, in 2016, due to health reasons, we relocated to the Oregon Coast and decided to close the business. We always took great pride in using the highest quality (and sometimes quite rare) materials we could locate, many purchased directly from the source. We now find themselves with a leftover inventory of finished cabochons and preformed cabochons, and are selling everything at very competitive prices.

Material: Natural Morenci Turquoise
Origin: Morenci Mine, Greenlee County, Arizona
Dimensions, Length: 15.5mm to 28mm
Dimensions, Width: 11mm to 16mm
Dimensions, Thickness: 4mm to 8mm
Weights: 7.1 to 17.5 carats
Total Weight: 122 carats
Treatment: None (Natural)
Bezel: Yes
Price: $1.00 per carat
Occurrence: Rare

IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFO – The domestic shipping cost of $6 includes an upgrade to a small U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Flat Rate box with tracking and insurance in order to provide the highest quality customer service to our valued clients. The tracking number will be sent to the buyer as soon as the shipping label is printed. While this method costs slightly more, Priority Mail has proven to be consistently more reliable and faster than First Class. And if they fit in the same box, additional items ship free!

A brief history of Morenci turquoise... The first copper strike by an Anglo in Arizona was by Henry Clifton, in the area now known as Clifton in what was at the time the Arizona Territory, in 1863. No claim was staked there because of the threat of Indian attack. In 1870, Robert Metcalf staked a claim there, then sold controlling interest to Henry and Charles Lesinsky. They later formed the Longfellow Copper Mining Co. in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They set up camp and called it Clifton. Clifton later grew into one of the largest copper mining communities of Arizona and the mine later became know as Morenci. From 1956 to 1984 the turquoise rights were granted to William "Lucky" Brown who had an extensive mining career. The Morenci Mine produced quantities of high grade turquoise and was marketed through family operated trading posts in New Mexico and Arizona. Lucky retired in 1982 and his sons continued to mine the turquoise until the lease ended. The Morenci Mine is currently owned by Freeport-McMoRan and is the largest copper mining operation in North America.

Turquoise from some of the larger commercial copper mines like Bisbee and Morenci was often obtained by company employees taking it home in their lunch boxes. Thus the term "lunch box rocks". Though this activity was prohibited, the prohibition was rarely enforced. Sometimes this was the primary source for fine Turquoise.

Turquoise has been used for millennia as a spiritual stone. Worn anywhere on the body, a Turquoise stone will protect and bless the wearer. The "water and sky stone" is considered a sacred stone in some cultures, being a gift from the gods.

** The need for backing turquoise goes back more than a century, to the old-time silversmiths who set turquoise and discovered that over time turquoise sometimes cracked. Turquoise is a very unique stone, it is not formed in nature like most other stones. Turquoise often forms in thin veins in the hard or soft mother rock. These veins can be extremely irregular and if the cutter were to grind one side of the stone flat to start with, in some cases there may not be much stone left. The old cutters found that if they ground the backside flat to set the cabochon in jewelry, they needed to add backing to replace the ground off material, helping retain the integrity and strength of the stone. In many types of jewelry set with cabochons, the bezel generally hides the backing and the buyer is often unaware the stone is actually backed. **

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Preparation takes 1-2 business days
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In order to provide the highest quality customer service our valued clients deserve, all stones for shipments within the United States will be carefully wrapped, packed in a small U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Flat Rate box, and mailed with tracking. The tracking number will be sent to the buyer as soon as a shipping label is printed. While this method costs slightly more, Priority Mail has proven to be consistently more reliable and faster than First Class. All packages will also be fully insured at no additional cost to the buyer.


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Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Our goal is for you to be completely happy with your purchase. We take pride in our work and if you are not completely satisfied, returns may be made within 7 days of receiving the purchase (or 14 days from shipment date) for a full refund, less shipping charges.

Please package items carefully to ensure there is no damage in transit, and mail with tracking and insurance. Buyer will pay return shipping costs. Once we receive the item in its original, unworn/undamaged condition, you will receive your refund. Please contact us with the tracking number BEFORE returning the item, so we will be aware it is on its way. In the event the item being shipped back to us is lost or damaged in transit, we will not be able to refund you. In this case you would need to contact the shipping courier that you selected and file an insurance claim.

PLEASE NOTE: We understand that it can be concerning when making a purchase online and looking only at photographs. We try very hard to insure that our photos and descriptions match the actual item as closely as possible. We are able to offer you a return refund one time for no additional fee; however, after one time there will be a 10% restocking fee.

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