Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise Ranger Buckle Set by Zuni Stanford Coochi

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Kingman Turquoise Ranger Buckle Set
HK Item #NBU219

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Authentic Native American Ranger Buckle Set of Kingman Turquoise and Sterling Silver Sterling silver by Zuni Stanford Coochi

Size
2" x 1 1/2" buckle that will fit a 3/4" belt or a wider belt that tapers to 11/16"
Weight
48 grams
Materials
Kingman turquoise, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
inscribed:
StD Coochi
Zuni, NM
Artist
Stanford Coochi, Zuni

Authentic Native American Ranger Buckle Set of Kingman Turquoise and Sterling Silver Sterling silver by Zuni Stanford Coochi

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Paula says - ""If you need a place to purchase a good leather belt for your ranger buckle set, write me a note in the note box section of the order page and I'll send you contact info for the place we use.

"Also be sure to read my article about Ranger Buckle Sets which tells about the history of the belt and how to install your new buckle, tips and keepers on a leather belt. It's simple!"

Authentic Native American Ranger Buckle Set of Kingman Turquoise and Sterling Silver Sterling silver by Zuni Stanford Coochi

Authentic Native American Ranger Buckle Set of Kingman Turquoise and Sterling Silver Sterling silver by Zuni Stanford Coochi

Stabilized Kingman Turquoise

The Kingman mine, located in Mohave County, Arizona, has been operated by the Colbaugh family since the 1970's. It is known for producing bright blue stones with white and black matrix, considered by many to be the best turquoise in North America. Old authentic natural Kingman turquoise is extremely rare.

In the 1950s S. A. "Chuck" Colbaugh developed a modern method for stabilizing the color and strength of turquoise. It is an expensive process that takes over 3 months to assure that the turquoise does not crack while being treated. Basically, the moisture is removed from the stone and replaced with an optically clear resin, the same type as used in jet fighter windows. The turquoise is then allowed to dry naturally for two to three months. Although other mines have turquoise stabilization facilities, those at the Kingman mine are widely regarded as the best.

Marty Colbaugh (Chuck Colbaugh's grandson) now runs the Kingman mine and continues the stabilizing tradition began by his grandfather. He says if natural turquoise is not treated, it can become oxidized with oils from the skin and change color. The products that Kingman uses for stabilizing turquoise are clear and no dyes are ever used so the natural turquoise color is preserved and no discoloration occurs.

 

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