I don’t understand the bad rap that block Turquoise gets.
In the 1980’s it was available at Thunderbird Supply. It was presented as natural, ground Turquoise held together with resin and/or other materials.
They also offered ground Turquoise for purchase by the lb. Some craftsmen were making their own blocks.
I have about 1/4 lb. of this material. Purchased in the 1980’s. My husband and I were doing inlay work at the time.
I would often see people carving/grinding the block Turquoise.
Knew someone used the ground Turquoise to make cabochons. He had several molds. Would combine the Turquoise and other materials.
Here is a chart from another thread that shows current types of block Turquoise. These contain no real Turquoise.
In the 1980’s there was a variety of ground stones available in block form for carving.
The person mentioned above lived in NE AZ, on the Navajo Nation. This was about 35 years ago.
He was an accomplished silversmith. Also did some pieces with gold/copper. Wish I remembered his name.
My questions are:
Is there such a term as vintage block Turquoise (or other stones)?
Do items made from these have more value than the modern day, synthetic block items?
If a piece contains vintage block Turquoise, has excellent metal work, can the natural block Turquoise be overlooked?