I found this little pendant with small pyrite flecks. My question is, is this Morenci turquoise? Or can other types of turquoise have pyrite in it?
Yes they can. One of the most common with pyrite is Kingman.
I know pyrite is typically seen in both Morenci and Kingman;
in my experience it is much more common in Morenci turquoise. I have several Morenci pieces loaded with pyrite, but this ring by Orville Tsinne seems more like Kingman to me. I’d appreciate all thoughts and opinions!
Hmmm…why do you think Kingman instead of Morenci?
It’s something about the deep deep blue. My other Morenci pieces are not as deep blue. I could be wrong, just thought I’d get other opinions. Here’s another of my rings with pyrite that I think is Morenci:
I was curious. Always trying to learn more bout turquoise! I often default to Kingman cause there is quite a bit of it. I have a ring (that I haven’t worn for awhile) that is Kingman that I think has some pyrite. I’ll have to look at it again.
I think that the more I study the different mines, the more confused I become. My thoughts are only educated guesses😊. I’ve always called blue Arizona turquoise with pyrite Morenzi, but have seen examples of deep blue Kingman with pyrite. I bought some older Kingman nuggets at a gem and mineral show years that have small iron pyrite cubes embedded in the turquoise, they really sparkle. When I get a chance, I’ll post a photo
Thanks for he information Jason. I’ve read a bit about Ithica Park, and these deep blue cabs with lots of pyrite seems to make sense. Is Ithica Park typically stabilized like Kingman?
Its a higher grade, usually represented as natural.