I was looking on ebay for some unusual stones and keep coming
across this one... can someone tell me is this real or something
That would be the Mohave Purple turquoise produced by the Colbaugh
Processing, Co. out of Kingman, AZ. Colbaugh owns the mining rights
to Kingman turquoise. They are also the largest turquoise stabilizing
processor in the US with their proprietary Colbaugh Process. If you
are ever been down in Kingman, AZ you can locate their plant by the
strong plastic smell 7 Miles North of Kingman on Hwy 93. The have a
showroom there too. I’ve been told that people drive from LA, or Las
Vegas to buy their Mohave Purple and Green beads by the armload not
to mention how much they sell internationally.
A couple years ago they began dyeing low grade chalk purple and
green. The recently added brass to the reconstituting process. So
this stuff is low grade chalk turquoise that has been compressed,
dyed, had brass added, and stabilized. The question is when does it
stop being turquoise? Reports are that the purple fades over time.
It sells like crazy. Still, I prefer my turquoise blue or green as
(insert deity) intended.
Colbaugh has a website: http://www.colbaugh.net
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan