Jay King 3 Stone Kingman Sterling and Turquoise Collar and Matching Bracelet
While reading customer reviews I read one that said the turquoise was compressed ~ not cut from a single piece of rough. I went back and read the details and saw what she meant. Can you please tell me about this? It was not made clear during the presentation at all. I was disappointed to learn this. This collar is so beautiful. I love it. I bought the matching bracelet, too. I was given the ring and earrings. They are truly beautiful, I just like knowing what I am buying. I don’t understand the process what so ever. How does the caramel matrix get into a compressed turqoised product? Without pulling out my invoice to see the exact name, I believe the name was something like Crow’s Peak, or Crow’s Nest. It was from a section of the Kingman Mine. Is the turquoise powdered then compressed? Please explain this process. I am completly confused about this.
Also, the matching bracelet cost nearly as much as the collar, and the collar has much more .925 Sterling Silver and Turquoise than the bracelet. It just did not make much since to me. Yet, I bought the bracelet so I would have the matching set. A major selling point was that they were pieces that had increasingly rare American Turquoise in them. Now I hear the Turquoise could be compressed rather than cut from a piece of rough……. Jay, please tell me what I’ve just spent my money on. Regardless, I love your pieces, and designs. I just like to know what it is I’m buying. Preferably before I buy them.
Several asking about Jay about his compressed turquoise.
From Jays blog his answer.
New Jewelry Designs Featuring Storied American Turquoise:
Hi everyone I’m glad your asking good questions so heres the answer. In turquoise it really is what are you compressing. Turquoise comes in all shapes and sizes and so because of the cost of the rough you need to utilize the rough in the best way possible. Compressed isn’t a bad thing but actually an art if you know what your doing, most don’t You have turquoise rough that is just the natural rough nuggets, flats, ect. Where possible you use this material to cut your cabachons and beads when possible if you don’t have to much waste. About 30 years ago the Colbaugh family came up with a way you could take nuggets of differant sizes and same color and compress them together. They are all natural nuggets not ground pieces of left overs like trims but actual nuggets otherwise it won’t work. This allows you to cut a more uniform shape on the material and get the best yeild still, hence giving the biggest bang for the buck cost wise. We don’t compress all of our rough it depends on cost size yeild ect.. So again if need be maybe do a B-roll on the procedeure truth is they are all natural nuggets of differant sizes it’s not cheap because of the cost of the original rough and the process is also labor intensive and exspensive, so it’s done for best yeild. Hope this answers the question. Best J
This has been a sore subject with me for years.
I bought a necklace, earrings & bracelet as a suite, thinking they were "as described" on TV. The color was lime green & said to be all natural, RARE hubei turquoise. What I bought in fact was compressed, color enhanced turquoise. I didn’t figure this out untill a few years after my purchase. I trusted what I was being told via the TV. I also bought a lime green Mohave turquoise ring from him to go with the jewelry. I to this day do not know if the ring I bought is natural or played with.
Over the years I have noticed him using more & more compressed & color enhanced stones. Looking at his inventory there are very few "just stabilized" turquoise pieces. And since he says the same thing about all his turquoise, you don’t know what your getting unless you read the details on the product page. ) It’s always a surprise to see a piece with just stabilized turquoise. Also check out his coral….compressed & his amber…pressed.
I feel treatments (compressed stones/color enhancement) should be disclosed during the presentation. Please don’t say there isn’t time. I also think it could be posted near the item number on the screen.
I even posted "my opinion" on Jay Kings blog:
I watched Jay today showing pictures of his coral..the natural coral branches that have been "sprayed with something shiny to keep the dust down when the coral is cut" for jewelry. Jay said that is ALL that is done to it. So what you are lead to believe is, the coral in pictures is the coral that is used in his coral pieces sold here. But his coral is compressed.
Like # 410-662 (app $ 299. -Hsn $169.90) event price $139.90. It’s Compressed Color-Enhanced Orange Coral, made in China. Jay states its part of his gallery edition. He will also say things are gallery quality.
Tricks of the trade or tricking people to trade?
Also if you google Compressed turquoise it will explain what it is. I think the necklace you are talking about is pretty. I ordered a multi colored jade bracelet from Jade of Yesteryear. I know it is color enhanced because I read the details. I liked it so I purchased it. When you get it and you really do not like it just return it. The enhanced color of the Jade does not bother me, however everyone is different. Just know that you can return it. I have hesitated to order things but I find comfort in knowing I can always send it back. I have actually returned something the next day after receiving it 🙂 This has only happened once thank goodness:-) Good luck with the necklace.
Hi, if you click on the details page, it states Stabelized/compressed blue green Crow’s Peak Turquoise.
It’s country of origin is China, as is what I have seen on all JK items. The stones are from various sources/places. I find this kind of thing misleading to the consumer, even though it is stated on the details page. It is not consistent with how items are discussed in presentations. Hope this helps.
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04.08.15 4:17 AM