Tortoise Turquoise – In the Rough
Tortoise Turquoise is mint to emerald green and blue/green
in color. It runs
in a very hard black Manganese host rock. About 50% of the material that
we have found to date has black spiderwebbed matrix running through the
There are small to giant sized nuggets that run in
a soft clay type material.
As you get into the center of the larger nuggets, you will find multiple
types of water marking as well as some forms a birdseye figuration.
We also find veins of Tortoise Turquoise that from
1/8″ to 1/2″ thick that are encrusted in Manganese rock walls.
This is very hard material and it is a hell of a job to get it out. It
is worth it though as it makes beautiful beads and cabochons.
Tortoise Turquoise is a stone cutters dream stone as we hand dig every piece. It is basicly fracture free, solid and hard. To learn more go to the above link and see the Working with Tortoise Turquoise page.
To purchase rough Tortoise you must call Dillon Hartman personally
M-F 10:00 – 5:00 PM at 970 375-2401