Randy Christensen grew up in the small Colorado town of Manassa, home to several turquoise mines. It's no wonder that at an early age he took an interest in turquoise. While still in high school, Randy decided to try his hand at cutting turquoise. He would buy rough Morenci Turquoise in Gallup, NM, and then hone his skills at cutting. He began selling the pieces he had cut to various jewelers. It was not until the 90's that Randy decided to become a silversmith. This began as a hobby while he maintained full - time employment with United Power. However,eventually the orders began pouring in and what begun as a "hobby", soon became a full- time job just to keep up with the orders.
The Villa Grove Turquoise Mine that Randy acquires most of his turquoise from is located in the north end of the San Luis Valley in Colorado. Randy contacted the then owner George Musick in the early 80's; they became fast friends working the mine in the summers. They were only able to gather small nuggets, because they lacked the costly machinery needed to mine the high - grade vein.
Randy purchased the Mine in 2000 from Mr. Musick, whom passed away several years ago. Randy retired from work at United Power, and is focusing on his true passion in life, jewelry. There has been no Villa Grove Turquoise on the market for over 25 years. The past two summers Randy has begun mining the turquoise for his jewelry, and will be venturing to the mine this summer with the necessary equipment to mine the high - grade vein.
Villa Grove Turq.Rings
Randy Christensen Silversmith
Villa Grove Turquoise Rings, by Randy Christensen
Turquoise and silver
RC1-287, RC1-289, RC1-290
Villa Grove Turquoise and Silver Necklace, by Randy Christensen
Turquoise and silver pendant on a black cord
Matching Necklace and Ring, by Randy Christensen
Villa Grove Turquoise and sterling silver
Necklace: $205, RC1-266
Ring: $205, RC1-265
Bolo with Villa Grove Turquoise, by Randy Christensen
Villa Grove Turquoise and Sterling Silver, black cord