Cream of the crop
Golden Hill turquoise is considered the most chemically pure turquoise in the world
You may first think of the American Southwest when it comes to turquoise, but the most chemically pure turquoise in the world is over 10,421 miles aways in Kazakhstan. So I grabbed my hiking boots and wide brimmed hat and off I went. This transcontinental country in Central Asia is home to the Altyn Tyube mine which translates as ‘Golden Hill’ in the Kazakh language. To get there I had to go off-roading for miles on the Steppe, a belt of grassland that’s desolate but jaw-droppingly beautiful.
I shared the jostling, barely visible “road” with Ibex, Marmots, wild horses and an occasional adder (scary cobra-like snake), but the prize at the end of was absolutely worth it. Golden Hill turquoise is without a doubt high pedigree turquoise. It comes in unique shades of periwinkle blue and possesses a striking burnt umber matrix unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s truly exquisite. You need this turquoise in your life.
Now along with saving you the bumpy jeep ride and close encounters with snakes, I’m also out to save you money. Which is why I priced six carats of this top shelf turquoise to be well within reach.
- 6 carats total weight
- Golden Hill turquoise, 6ctw
- Antiqued-finished .925 sterling silver
- available in whole sizes 5-10
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