Barb Wire Turquoise Inlay Cuff
Barb Wire Turquoise Inlay Cuff hand crafted by SuperSmith. This handsome cuff bracelet features kingman turquoise inlay with a sterling silver barb wire design. The cuff is 1″ inch wide and the inside circumference is 6″ inches from end to end with a 1 1/2″ inch wide opening.
Kingman Turquoise originates in the Mineral Park Mining District near Kingman, Arizona. One of the largest domestic turquoise mines, it is found in a large open pit copper mine in the high desert country. The Kingman Mine district was first mined by Native Americans; it was part of the most extensive prehistoric workings in Arizona.
However, modern production of turquoise dates back to the 1880’s when James Haas rediscovered the area. Natural Kingman Turquoise ranges in color from light to very dark blue and sometimes tints of green. Matrix can range from white, light brown to black and frequently flecked with pyrite and occasionally quartz. The most famous stones from this mine are rounded bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Few turquoise mines produced nuggets, especially of this quality. In its high-grade form it has always been considered among the top quality American turquoise. This high blue color has become a “color standard” in the industry, reflected by the name “Kingman Blue”. However, much of the turquoise from Kingman occurs as seams, masses and veins, rather then in nugget form. Besides the nugget form, the most desirable Kingman turquoise is a deep blue with molybdenum pyrite; also, deep blue with pyrite as well as in a “bird’s eye” pattern with “water web” matrix.
The mine is currently owned & Operated by the Colbaugh family’s company, Colbaugh Processing. While old natural Kingman turquoise is rare, they have recently gone back into older sections of the Kingman mine and are bringing out some new natural Kingman Turquoise. Although there are quantities of this fine natural deep blue turquoise available, the largest percentage of turquoise mined at Kingman is being treated or stabilized. There are several other names for the turquoise coming out of the Kingman mining district: Ithaca Peak, Old Man Mine, Kingman Duval, Courtland, The Wall and Turquoise Mountain, just to mention a few.
Native American Artist: David Rosales
David Rosales Designs also known as the Supersmith Collection, offers a selection of some of the highest quality Native American jewelry available in the Southwest. Nationally renowned designer and founder, David Rosales, is one of the finest contemporary southwest designers in the world today. Born and raised in Gallup, NM, David has been a part of the Native American community all of his life. He started working and learning this trade in 1984. After gaining knowledge of the business over the years, he decided to start his own endeavor. In 1997, David, along with his cousin John Delgado, partnered to become Supersmith Inc. The designs and color combinations are constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of this growing and popular industry. David is always looking for new ways to be different, exciting and new. He believes that the quality of work being don