Stones Used In Double M Beadwork Pieces
One of the best parts of working as a silversmith is selecting the stones to be used in desings! I always tell people that I used to collect rocks as a child, and now I get to do it for a living. Granted, these stones are a lot more expensive, but they are worlds prettier! I wanted to put together this list of stones that I have used in my designs, along with some information about each of the mines because the topic interests me to no end! There are roughly twenty turquoise mines in the United States that produce gem quality material, and additional mines that produce material that are not considered turquoise such as White Buffalo. I hope this curated list will help each of you lovely ladies gain more insight into the world of Turquoise and other stones commonly used in western fashion!