Tyrone Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace with Decorative 16 inch Sterling Silver Chain
Stunning stone of Tyrone Turquoise set in a sterling silver castellated bezel accented and surrounded by silver flowers. The stone sits fixed on two ends by the chain that measures 16" so it sits higher on the neck. The turquoise has a stunning color range of light to dark blue then mixing with some great brown Matrix and ending in a vibrant green. This will definitely be a piece everyone stops you to admire and talk about. Lobster claw closure.
The piece measure 2 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inches tall.
Tyrone turquoise is mined outside of Silver City in the southwest area of New Mexico. As with many turquoise mines, its original purpose was for copper mining. Turquoise is considered a secondary mineral of a copper mine. Because the money and scale of operation is for the copper, these companies see turquoise as a waste product and it ends up in the tailings. Rarely, some copper companies will allow people to pick turquoise out of these rock “refuse” piles. In the early 1980s, when the Tyrone mine owner, employed a new extraction method of crushing and acid wash, this process destroyed any turquoise within the copper ore. Because of this, Tyrone turquoise has not been mined since then.