Purple Turquoise starts out as stabilized Blue Kingman Turquoise. There is not a vein of purple Turquoise that was discovered at the mine! It is dyed purple and then goes through a Bronze fusion process that creates a shiny bronze color to the matrix. It is then formed, polished and set in necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc.
The Kingman mine is the only mine authorized to process their Turquoise in this manner.
Turquoise has long been thought of as a holy stone a bringer of good fortune or a talisman and has been called a "gemstone of the peoples." The name turquoise is derived from an Old French word meaning "Turkish stone" because the stone was introduced to Europe by Venitian traders who purchase turquoise at Turkish bazaars. These stones likely came from the Sinai Peninsula in Iran an area that has been mining turquoise since 5000 BCE. The Persians called turquoise "firouze" which means victorious. Turquoise is the national gemstone of Iran.
Absolutely stunning and intriguing Mojave turquoise is crafted through a process that uses a hydraulic press to assemble turquoise nuggets by introducing a bronze metal matrix throughout the brick of base turquoise. Once the turquoise is pressed or assembled it is stabilized to harden the stone. This is the only product in today's market that features real Arizona turquoise and real metal matrix. This unique process was created by the Arizona Kingman Mine.