RARE Hardy Estate Kingman Turquoise (AZ) Matching Earring
RARE Hardy Estate Kingman Turquoise (AZ) Matching Earring
RARE Hardy Estate Kingman Turquoise (AZ) Matching Earring
RARE Hardy Estate Kingman Turquoise (AZ) Matching Earring

RARE Hardy Estate Kingman Turquoise (AZ) Matching Earring Slab Beads 12x26mm

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RARE Hardy Estate Kingman Turquoise (AZ) Matching Earring Slab Beads 12x26mm

This Turquoise is from the Kingman mine, it is cut from rough purchased from the LW Hardy Estate.

Leonard W. Hardy became one of the most important dealers in the turquoise world. He had moved to the Globe-Miami area in 1949 and became a shovel operator for the Castle Dome mine. While at the mine he became interested in the turquoise that was found with the copper ore. He began to market the turquoise to Native American Indian jewelers and then opened a wholesale turquoise operation in the Miami area. Hardy and his wife later moved the operation to Kingman after receiving the winning bid on the removal of turquoise pockets at the Kingman, Castle Dome and Sleeping Beauty mines. Kingman became known as the turquoise capital of the world and L.W. Hardy earned the nickname of the Turquoise King. In the early 1970’s, Hardy Turquoise Company was producing over half of the world’s supply of turquoise. Hardy was active in the turquoise business until the age of 85 and passed away at 92 in August of 2003.

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