In regards to natural turquoise being almost impossible to find, I
will stand by the statement that it is a myth. I just had a
correspondence with someone off list, "I don't know where that guy on
Orchid got the idea that it is so hard to get." I agree.
I have never had a problem finding any. The first piece I ever cut
was from a local rock shop, what few shows I have went to always had
some, by joining a club I was told who I may want to see, and there
are many other places. From time to time I have seen natural cutting
rough at a jewelry supply web site when looking for something else.
http://www.sfjssantafe.com I checked, typed in rough in the search
box, they are currently out, try later, some others do also.
Obviously that guy was looking in the wrong places, that is where
the problem was. Knowing where to look, and how will solve it. Type-
turquoise rough -in the google search engine, it will lead to many
hits; some, although natural, is not such a good deal. This will take
some effort; you have to do this yourself. It is you who have to
decide on type, size, color and what you are willing to pay for etc.
You may also wish, before the above, to go through the index of
advertisers on - http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/table.shtml
You may want to join these lists, and ask -
This guy has some small parcels, right now-
If all else fails I know these people have some. (I have never cut
theirs, they were mentioned on a list.) They also, have cabs.
For some high end material, I can say this is good,
I hope this may benefit someone, as always use good caution.