THE GREAT AMERICAN TURQUOISE RUSH: 1890–1910
By Philip Chambless and Mike Ryan
The story of the largest organized effort to mine turquoise in U.S. history.
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The Great American Turquoise Rush was the period of the largest concerted effort to mine, process and market turquoise in the history of the United States. It started when traditional markets for the clear sky blue Persian turquoise closed and the east coast jewelers, who controlled the jewelry trade in the United States, were forced from necessity to reappraise the quality of turquoise from the southwest. The efforts to control this new market were begun in New Mexico but would expand into other states. This is the true story of that time, largely forgotten or remembered only from oral tradition.
Philip Chambless has lived in the mountains outside Grants, New Mexico since the 1970s and is a full time turquoise prospector, lapidary and jewelry designer. He has researched this period of the history of turquoise for more than twenty years.
Mike Ryan retired from a thirty-year career as a financial advisor, author and teacher in 2011 and reawakened a passion for turquoise first begun in the 1970s. He is the author of Asset Allocation and the Investment Management Process and The Colors of Money: Finding Balance, Harmony and Fulfillment with Money.
On the cover: Original equipment and turquoise from the Cerrillos Tiffany mine. Studio Seven Productions/Douglas Magnus.
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