Earrings, Boulder style Cerrillos New Mexico Turquoise Oval on French wires.
Embody the Spirit of the Southwest in Genuine Turquoise Jewelry! These look like the Turquoise hills themselves.
2 ½" long
The Cerrillos Turquoise mine is a turquoise mine located in the Cerrillos Hills, 20 miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is one of the oldest and most important turquoise mines in North America.
The Cerrillos Hills have been mined for turquoise since at least the 12th century. The turquoise from Cerrillos was prized by the Ancestral Puebloans, who used it to make jewelry and other objects. The Spanish also mined turquoise in Cerrillos, and the mine was active until the early 20th century.
The Cerrillos Turquoise mine is a open-pit mine. The turquoise is found in veins that run through the sandstone. The turquoise is mined by hand and then sorted by quality. The best turquoise is used to make jewelry, while the lower-quality turquoise is used for other purposes, such as making paint.
The Cerrillos Turquoise mine is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can tour the mine and learn about the history of turquoise mining in Cerrillos. The mine is also a popular spot for rockhounds, who come to search for turquoise.
Handmade in Santa Fe, NM since 1987.