A Necklace Made with a Unique American Turquoise

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:03 AM

A Necklace Made with a Unique American Turquoise

In the 1970s, when the #8 Turquoise Mine in Eureka County, Nevada was closing, Jeanette Dale was soldering circuit boards at the Fairchild Electronics Plant south of Farmington, New Mexico. 

The mine, located north of Carlin, Nevada, has produced some of the most notable turquoise ever found. It was first mined in the 1920s and went through several hands before ending up with T.G. And J.W. Edgar. The brothers were looking for copper when they discovered a unique spider web turquoise with a light blue to green coloration. In the 1950s, they found one nugget that weighed 150 pounds!

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Coral and Turquoise Necklace

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:01 PM

Coral and Turquoise Necklace

The coral you find in jewelry really isn’t. It is a calcium carbonate skeleton that is produced by coral polyps that live in clean, rich tropical and subtropical oceans.


Coral has been used for jewelry back some 25-30,000 years. Many people around the Mediterranean, where most of the deep red coral was originally found, used it for jewelry. The Egyptians and Romans place high value on it.

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This Silversmith Does It All!

Friday, September 8, 2017 3:24 PM

This Silversmith Does It All!

The Fall Gallery Walk has been Durango’s major art event since it was founded in 1983 by the four original members of the Durango Gallery Association. Toh-Atin Gallery is the last one standing of the original group and we are happy that the Gallery Association continues to grow in both numbers and quality.

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Rocks, Gems, Fossils, Jewelry and more in Denver this weekend!

Many of our customers have been to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show during the winter. It's a huge show that takes up the entire city. It's become so big and so spread out that it is really overwhelming.


An alternative that has every bit the selection and excitement of the Tucson event will be in Denver from September 9-17 at the Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show.

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Ben Nighthorse: Memories and Unique Jewelry

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 2:23 PM

Ben Nighthorse: Memories and Unique Jewelry

During the late 1960's and early 1970's, Indian jewelry was incredibly popular. Turquoise and silver jewelry was being turned out by shops in Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Flagstaff and other "border" towns in massive quantities.

Artists who worked on their own on the reservation were working full time. Anyone who needed employment on the reservation could turn to jewelry making. There was an economic upside in all of this, for sure, and it was also great to see these beautiful creations being worn by people all over the country.

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The Great American Turquoise Rush 1890 - 1910

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 2:13 PM

The Great American Turquoise Rush 1890 - 1910

There have been several great books written about American Turquoise, most of them photographic and with basic background on the different mines. But, unless you really are an avid fan of the “Sky Stone,” they don’t do a lot to hold your interest. Now that has changed. 

A few years ago at the Santa Fe Indian Market I met Mike Ryan. Mike said he had heard that I had some Bisbee turquoise that might be for sale. I did, we had a great visit, he got hooked on Navajo weaving and, in an offhand way, he mentioned that he was writing a book on early Turquoise mines in the west. 

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Trading Turquoise with Ray Lovato

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:25 PM

Trading Turquoise with Ray Lovato

Ray Lovato is the undisputed master of traditional Santo Domingo hand rolled, natural turquoise heishi. For decades he has worked with the finest natural stones and created beautiful necklaces.

Nearly all of the current heishi makers at the Pueblo now use treated or stabilized stones. Many do wonderful work and the difficulty and cost of obtaining natural turquoise combined with the difficulty of working it, results in the use of treated stones being preferable.

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