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As you know, Jay uses a lot of Petrified Wood in his designs. You then also know that it’s not actually wood, but a type of fossil where all the trees organic materials have been replaced with minerals.Pretty cool, right?
Welcome! We’re glad your back because we want to share with you a cool looking nephrite jade stone called Nevada Jade. Jay has designed some new pieces using this unusual stone and he’ll be presenting them this weekend on Mine Finds on HSN.
Turritella Agate is a brown colored translucent stone made up of fossilized snails and found only in the Green River Formation of Wyoming, USA. Forty-six to 51 million years ago, the shells were deposited in shallow lakes and covered by sea sediment, eventually becoming fossil beds.
Among all turquoise in the world, one of the most coveted is #8 from Eureka County, Nevada. It comes in light blue, dark blue and bluish green and can be webbed with black, brown or red matrix. The black and red matrix are the most desirable.
Tyrone turquoise is mined outside of Silver City in the southwest area of New Mexico. As with many turquoise mines, its original purpose was for copper mining.Turquoise is considered a secondary mineral of a copper mine. Because the money and scale of operation is for the copper, these companies see turquoise as a waste product and it ends up in the tailings. Rarely, some copper companies will allow people to pick turquoise out of these rock “refuse” piles. In the early 1980s, when the Tyrone mine owner, Phelps Dodge, employed a new extraction method of crushing and acid wash, this process destroyed any turquoise within the copper ore. Because of this, Tyrone turquoise has not been mined since then.