Cutting Turquoise

Local Gallupian Kevin Barnhill, a man of all trades and excellent silversmith, gives us a look at some rough Number Eight Turquoise turned into large and beautiful cabs. One of the pieces he turned into a single stone with a perfect round high dome shape. The other piece of rough Number Eight he sliced right down the middle, turning one piece into a large free form cut and the other a long oval. You will notice the black bondo backing that is placed onto the rough stone before cutting, enjoy.
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Beautiful, I was lucky to come across a collecion of old stach no. 8 cabs at an auction in NM, have yet to get them set, these are beautiful, thanks for sharing, Not a great photo, but you can see them here. Would like to have them set by Calvin Martinez and Sunshine Reeves…

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