There is a very limited supply from this claim. This is called the sister mine to sleeping beauty, and it is on the same vein. Larger nuggets here, which are very hard to find for this claim. This turquoise shines like glass and ranges from deep sky-blue to the much-sought-after robins egg blue.
Some of this is unbroken color, some of it has the classic dirty-honey matrix spider webbing through it. Much of it is the classic wafers. You already know how hard it is to find Castle Dome. These are the largest pieces of rough Castle Dome I have ever found, anywhere. As we all know, most CD nugs EVER found were much smaller.
And all of it is getting harder and harder to find, and what little is left out there from the 50s to the 70s is cost prohibitive. You can read about the mine below.
Also, you can read about our chain of custody and command back to Bell Trading Post and Maisel Indian Trading Post below. This is the real deal. Youll probably never see natural Castle Dome turquoise of this quality for sale anywhere ever again. We all know when we have a stash like this, we dont sell it. But I like to throw a treasure out there occasionally.
This is CLASSIC Castle Dome; there is no mistaking that honey-crust. The Castle Dome turquoise mine is located about 30 miles from the Sleeping Beauty mine, near Globe, Arizona and is sometimes referred to as its sister claim. However, it has not been in operation since the early 1970's. The main turquoise deposit had been depleted.Castle Dome was operated as an open pit mine. The site has since been reclaimed, meaning it has been filled in and replanted with native plants and grasses. Most stones retrieved from the mine were small, found in very thin, flake-like formations. There were a lot of fingernail-sized and finger sized nuggets found in the mine as well. In the 1960s copper miners of the Castle Dome mine would sneak gem stones out of the mine in their lunch buckets.
They would then go to a convenience store in Globe, Arizona. It is from this old stockpile that Most folks got their little bit of Castle Dome turquoise. Castle Dome is known for its incredible bright blue color. Castle Dome is different than Sleeping Beauty in its more vibrant blue and the presence of more matrix. The matrix in Castle Dome turquoise is light brown to gold in color.
This stone is unique because of the honey brown crust that is present before it is cut. Most of the remaining Castle Dome turquoise has been stabilized and cut into beads. The natural stone is extremely rare and hard.
My guy cuts and polished without an issue, with awesome results. There is absolutely no way that you are going to be disappointed in this, I can guarantee it. In a matter fact, that is just what we do. A response will be forthcoming within 24 hours.Turquoise Kings has exclusive possession to what we believe to be the largest known collection in the world of turquoise scrap from the well-known Rt 66 Indian Trading posts of the 1930s to the 1970s. This chain of custody is imperative to trace: the mines that these companies worked with are easily and historically established, and so it lends authority to our mine identification. After Fred Harvey alone, Jack Michelson and Maurice Maisel are the giants who built the modern Native American jewelry and souvenir industry. Some names below are not revealed to protect privacy. 1939: Maurice Maisel founds his Indian Trading Post, always saving rare turquoise scraps from Native artists. 1932: Jack Michelson founds the famous Bell Trading Post, also saving decades of factory turquoise scraps. Maurice Maisel employees sort scrap various ways, bagging and tagging some high grade, buried in buckets. Bell employees mix scraps of 30s-40s with jewelry copper bits.
Our experts dated our Bell scraps w/hallmarks! 1968: Michelson family/Bell Trading Post famously bought out Maisel. Some scrap was utilized, some saved. Sunbell became the brainchild of Jacquelyn Michelson.Jacquelyn and her siblings take the company global. 1970 on: Corinthian jewelry from the Sunbell scrap collection becomes HUGE as combined scraps were cut. After 1980: the Michelson family retired the Sunbell Company.
The turquoise scraps disappeared into history. 2017: We heard New Mexico stories about scrap buckets from the Route 66 original Indian Trading Posts. 2020: All identified mines/buckets had proper provenance leading to that conclusion in mine identification. Stabilized material in this scrap collection that was stabilized is by Maurice Maisel, LW Hardy, or the Michelson family of Bell/Sunbell. The item "Hard Natural Castle Dome Turquoise Golden Blue Nuggets (From Bell)" is in sale since Monday, January 18, 2021.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Rocks, Fossils & Minerals\Lapidary Materials\Slabs". The seller is "turquoise_kings" and is located in Prescott, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.