Blue Gem Turquoise Necklace
Blue Gem Turquoise Necklace hand carved by Santa Fe artists Scott Diffrient using rare, high-grade turquoise stones to create a “Rainbird” design with dangles mixed with 22k gold. The necklace measures 16″. The Rainbird hang down 3-1/4″.
Blue Gem Turquoise
The Blue Gem mine, which is no longer active, produced almost every shade of green and blue turquoise imaginable. The Blue Gem mine site is located near Battle Mountain in Nevada. It produced a great variety of turquoise, from intense blue to deep green combinations with a hard, irregularly distributed matrix. The Battle Mountain or Blue Gem mine, which began production in 1934 yielded the most valuable Blue Gem turquoise because of its rich color and hardness. Of the several Nevada mines that are named Blue Gem, this is the largest and most famous. Blue Gem turquoise tends to form in very thin slab forms rather than nugget, although the largest nugget ever found weighed 178 pounds. This mine was one of the deepest with lots of underground tunnels. Blue Gem closed in the 70’s and there does not seem to be much available today.
Santa Fe Artist: Scott Diffrient
Scott Diffrient is a contemporary artist who is willing to invest the time and precision necessary to produce fine works of art. His jewelry is influenced by his love of ancient cultures. His designs are reminiscent of ancient architecture.
From his light filled studio in Galisteo, Diffrient works with rough stones of high quality, predominately North American natural turquoise, as well as stones from around the world, such as sugilite, coral, jade, lapis, lazuli, and more. The Southwest has provided a constant source of inspiration for Diffrient’s “modern artifacts”. His rings, bracelets, earrings, belt buckles, cuff links and necklaces reside in collections of bead and jewelry enthusiasts across the country and are prized as treasured personal adornments, as well as highly valued collectibles.
His artistry, influenced by his love of ancient cultures, imparts an ancient charismatic power to each piece.