I have had several Turquoise suppliers over the years and was never satisfied with the sourcing. In 2021, one of my ethical sourcing goals was to find a Turquoise specialist. Rather than hunt at a large gem show, I searched online and by word-of-mouth. Eventually, I found a company that specializes in southwestern jewelry and sells wholesale Turquoise to jewelers. I introduced myself to the owner and asked if he could help me. At first, he assumed I wanted cheap/fake Turquoise to sell to the healing crystal community. He was surprised, but pleased, to hear that I wanted the real thing.
The owner asked one his long-term employees to help me find what I needed. For the next two weeks, he sent me dozens of photos of rough rocks and polished cabochons in every shade of blue and green. At one point, I commented about the ethics of industrial mines since Turquoise is often mined in industrial Gold or Copper mines. He immediately responded with detailed information about how their company sources and about how Turquoise mining works in general. I was delighted to find a source that is actually willing and able to talk about these things! So I asked questions, he answered, and the more we talked, the better friends we became.
Genuine Turquoise is expensive and most Turquoise has been stabilized because the mineral is so brittle. My original budget for Blue and Green Turquoise had to be adjusted when I was given an opportunity to get natural vivid-blue Turquoise nuggets. These are a rare find! I promised to return in a few months to shop for Green Turquoise. But, I told them, if you ever get Green Nuggets please call me immediately and I’ll move money around!