Posted 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm a little stumped on the turquoise once again. Just thought I'd ask in case anyone here may know if this is Spiderweb or not. It's my understanding that it is and it's said to be High Grade.
Here's the UPDATE!!! OMG I am so excited. So far, I have had two "pros" tell me immediately this is Bisbee Turquoise! I was afraid to think it was because according to many, this is the highest grade and most desirable turquoise there is! At least among the pros anyway. I'm waiting for 1 more verification from someone that has dealt with turquoise and owns a mine and a turquoise shop for more than 50 years. Cross your fingers for me all!!!
***UPDATE #2... The real vote is in. It's not Bisbee :( I got it from a pro that is in a family business for 50+ years from Arizona... It's what I was hoping it wasn't, Hubei Turquoise. From China. It's still a valuable piece and this turquoise is widely used here in the U.S. AND, It's not a loss for me. A little disappointment, but not a loss! Mystery Solved! This still does not make this a piece of costume jewelry, it is a fine gem grade turquoise. Continue living and learning! Oh and FYI, Native Americans have been using this turquoise for many years also by the way.
The ring was made by Lela Platero and there is very little I can find on her on-line. There are plenty of other Platero's but can't find much info on or who each one is related to. I'd just like to know her approximate age to help me age this ring. The person that sold it to me said he's had it put away for quite some time now, but he knows of no info on Lela.
Hope someone can enlighten me here.
Thanks for your time and interest!