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Morenci Turquoise Mine

Moronic Turquoise is mined in southeastern Arizona, in Greenlee County. It is light blue to high blue in color. Morenci has an unusual matrix of irregular black pyrite, or fool’s gold; when polished, the pyrite often looks like silver. It also is sometimes webbed in a darker shade of blue, called water webbed. Morenci turquoise is well known because it was one of the first American turquoises to come on the modern market, and is often difficult to obtain because the mine is now depleted, making it an exceedingly collectible turquoise.

Material coming out in the 1960’s seems to be harder, tending more to the blue-greens, usually with the pyrite. In the 1970’s, the material was a much brighter blue, often with quartz along with the pyrite.
Morenci I

Morenci I

A very nice medium blue from the 1970's good for inlay or cabs.
Morenci 1970's $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci II

Morenci II

A very nice medium blue from the 1970's.Similar to Morenci I; but, somewhat larger nuggets. Excellent for inlay or cabochons.
Morenci 1970's $12.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci III

Morenci III

This Morenci comes the collection of the family of the "Demolitions Man" at Morenci during the 1950's and 1960's. The material has a nice watermark matrix and often some spider webbing. The color is a nice dark blue.
Morenci - 1950s $15.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci IV

Morenci IV

This 1950's collection of Morenci is the highest grade of all. Color runs from dark blue to blue green, and most pieces contain the classic pyrite look. This is also the hardest of all the Morenci, probably upward of 6 on the mohs scale. Pieces are nice flats, suitable for inlay or cabs.
Morenci Mine 1950's $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams

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