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This collectible, vintage choker is a bold statement piece with a double strand of sterling silver beads and five double cabochon pendants made from rare New Mexican Tyrone turquoise; the turquoiseÃ‚ features a beautiful black matrix. The beads have been restrung and an original sterling silver clasp by local artist Chela Gurnee has been added.
Turquoise mining in the Burro Mountains near Silver City, New Mexico, has been going on since pre-historic times. The Tyrone mine produced great quantities of hard, deep and bright blue turquoise as well as pale spring green turquoise.The mine hasn't produced any turquoise since the 1980's.