Silver Belt Buckle with Kingman Turquoise
A beautifully crafted sterling silver belt buckle by Seth Strohm. A piece of spider web Kingman turquoise is center set with sun rays extending outward. The buckle measures 1-3/4″ L by 3″ W. Buckle fits a 1-1/4″ strap.
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.
Santa Fe Artist: Seth Strohm
Seth Strohm has made a distinct style for himself that is contemporary yet influenced by the early style of silversmithing. This refers to the heavy weight in silver, raw hand stamp work where there are no second chances once an error occurs, but most importantly that every single thing is done by hand. Every twist, bend, cast, every stone that is set. Working with the intense heat that reaches temperatures well over 3000 degrees, using every ounce of muscle to form the piece, to finally seeing the result of the blood sweat and tear driven desire to make a piece come to life. Seth was born in Dallas, Texas and currently resides in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seth’s father, Allan Houser award-winning stone sculptor, Harry C. Strohm has been established in Santa Fe for the past 8 years. It’s evident that artistry runs in the family.