Little Blue Bell Mine

         The Little Blue Bell mine is on private property.  It was part of the American Turquoise Mines worked between 1895-1912. This mine has some of the finest blue turquoise found in the Cerrillos Mining District. We gained permission to work it from the property owner. Our plan was to find the bottom of the mine, chase the vein and check the tailing pile to retrieve the color.
 
We raked through the tailing pile to find rock that had turquoise on them. We called this chicken pickin.
 
We brought the rock we collected home to the workshop.
We would then saw off the color, make cabochons and set them in silver. Finding the bottom of the mine was too deep so we opened up a hole in the tailings 30'x30'x16' deep. We hand picked the color out of the tailings using a method called "chicken pickin". We  brought the color home in buckets and have gone through it piece by piece. The next step was to make beautiful  cabachons.
                                     LITTLE BLUE BELL CABACHONS
 
 
         
Going through tons of tailings was a lot of work but it was a labor of love. This was an honor for us. We had fun working with our family and we have the turquoise now.      
We enjoy going through it piece by piece.
WE LOVE THE TURQUOISE FROM THIS MINE AND IT COMPLIMENTS OUR GREEN TURQUOISE.  NOW WE HAVE BOTH COLORS IN OUR SHOP TO CHOOSE FROM.

              

                   WE HOPE YOU ENJOY WHAT WE MAKE FROM IT.

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