Cripple Creek Colorado produces some of the hardest turquoise in AMERICA, scarce, often RARE (as with this specimen). And, CC sometimes emerges with a wildly mineralized matrix, as in this excellent top level natural turquoise cabochon. Carrying the the color of early CC with an AMAZING mineralized matrix. And multiple shades of color, POLYCHROME.
Lapidary is excellent, from modern shape to angled edges, no backing. A skilled stone cutter fashioned this one.
From my personal collection. Museum quality. Circa 1960-70s.
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