The Great American turquoise rush of 1890–1910 was the period of the largest concerted effort to mine, process and market turquoise in the history of the United States. It started when traditional markets for the clear sky-blue Persian turquoise closed and the east coast jewelers, who controlled the jewelry trade in the United States, were forced from necessity to reappraise the quality of turquoise from the southwest. The efforts to control this new market were begun in New Mexico but would expand into other states. This is the true story of that time, largely forgotten or remembered only from incomplete or inaccurate oral tradition.
Turquoise in America Part One: The Great American Turquoise Rush 1890-1910
Format: Hardcover book with jacket
Publisher: Callais Press, LLC
217 pages with 120 images