Tortoise Turquoise - Working the Rock
Tortoise Turquoise is solid 6-7 in hardness and delightful to cut. Sawing the rock is a stone cutters dream as it cuts smooth and does not flake or crumble.
Cabbing this Turquise is equally a pleasure as you do not need to use a backing material to hold it together - it is solid! It takes a polish like nobody's business, just like glass!
In polishing these examples I used a 180 diamond wheel,
We have barely tapped into this mineral resource, and are already liking what we see. As you may know, the deeper you get in a mine usually the deeper the color and greater the quality (I am not sure the quality could get much better, allot of this material is AAA grade, not to mention I love the mint green turquoise)! Most of this material we will be using in our jewelry, but we will be letting a tiny bit of A, AA, and AAA go.
Tip; Always soak rough material of any type before sawing on a diamond saw. Break up an old grinding wheel and use it to slowly and precisely sharpen your diamond blade.
To purchase rough Tortoise you must call Dillon Hartman personally M-F 10:00 - 5:00 PM at 970 375-2401