Nevada Mines Through Cyprus Sierrita
Example Pictures are either the highest of grade
or a good example of a common look from a particular mine.
Ajax Turquoise Mine
The small Ajax mine, located in south central Nevada in
the Royston area, is one of the relatively new turquoise
mines. The mine yields stones from light blue with darker
blue veins to a predominant dark green with light blue areas.
This latter coloration is considered quite unusual for turquoise.
An American Turquoise classic that can be found in all types
of silver jewelry including old pawn turquoise jewelry and
This mine is locate on the west side of the Toiyabe Range
miles north of Austin, in Lander County. The deposit was
discovered until the 1990s. Thick veins of variscite ranging
about 3 and a half inches are mined here. The varicite is
light green with black mottled markings. Zones of higher
darker green variscite nuggets have been uncovered in the
workings. This property has produced considerable quantities
variscite and is considered one of the worlds largest producers
that material. Initially, much of the material was marketed
"Apache Turquoise" but the name was retracted
once a correct
mineral identification was made. Several tons of high quality
material have been produced. Looks stunning in gold and
Basalt Turquoise Mine
The Basalt Mine produces a beautiful dark blue turquoise with
a distinct brown matrix. This mine is located in the Candelaria
District. Most of this turquoise forms in a quarts host rock.
Most of this turquoise comes in thin vein. Very Rare stuff
as this was a small mine and is no longer in operation. Another
diverse look of American Turquoise.
Blue Boy Variquoise - Milkyway
This Mine is now known as Candelaria and produces
the finest spiderweb deep blue turquoise you have ever seen!
Blue Boy produced what is popularly known as Variqouse or
a mix of Variscite and Turquoise, which is usually a beautiful
mix of forest green, brown, and blue with a dark brown-black
spiderweb matrix. The most collectible material from this
mine is the fine webbed or "smokey" looking material,
looks like the milky way in space.
Blue Creek Turquoise Mines
The Blue Creek Turquoise Mine is located in the
Candelaria Hills mining region of Nevada. This mine produces
a beautiful blue-green spiderweb turquoise and varascite
in large vein and wafers. This mine shares a mountain side
with the Otteson's Broken Arrow mine. We particularity like
the blue with white spiderweb material this mine produces.
Great stuff in both silver jewelry and gold and turquoise
Blue Diamond Turquoise Mine
A Rare deep blue Turquoise producing mine in
Nevada, Blue Diamond was mined mostly in the 60s and 70s.
You don't see much of this great stuff around anymore. It
is dark blue with a black matrix of dendrites and triangle
shaped black chert. The blue alot of times is a swirling
of two dark blues,.. it is stunning This is a classic American
Blue Eagle Turquoise
Cutler Edgar had a very sharp eye and dug for the
top grade . He bought this Mine along with brothers Willis
and JW Edgar in 1940 . It was close to Tenabo, Nevada and
produced only a small amount of spiderweb from 10 years of
mining. Wonderful stuff. Great gold and turquoise jewelry.
Blue Gem Turquoise Mines
The Blue Gem mine near Battle Mountain, Nevada produced a
great variety of turquoise, from intense blues to deep green
combinations with a hard, irregularly distributed matrix.
While there are other mines in Nevada of the same name, the
Battle Mountain Blue Gem mine& the Tonapah Blue Gem Mine,
which began production in 1934 and is now closed, yielded
the most valuable Blue Gem turquoise because of its rich color
and its hardness. It is greatly desired by collectors. One
of our favorites! This is an alltime favorite and classic
Look how wonderful this looks in silver jewelry.
I think it looks even better in Gold and turquoise jewelry.
Blue Ice Turquoise Mine
Blue Ice Turquoise is from a new find discovered
last year by a prospector named William Murdoch, here is what
he said "I found this near Yerington, Nevada and named
it partly because it looked like blue ice and partly because
I had to break through a layer of ice to get to it."
Blue Jay Turquoise Mine
Another beautiful blue Nevada Turquoise mine,
located in the Battle Mountain region. This mine produces
nice big nuggets of blue turquoise similar to Fox, or big
spiderweb vein with a brown matrix. Classic American Turquoise.
Makes wonderful cluster turquoise jewelry.
Blue Medicine Turquoise
One of the Edgar's projects. Produced a fine spider
web matrix turquoise, very high-grade and very rare. Almost
a varacite clarity to this stuff. Look at this american turquoise...
has a certain Tibetan Turquoise look. Wouldn't this look great
in some gold and turquoise jewelry?
Blue Moon Turquoise Mine
The mine is in Esmerelda County in the Candelaria Hills,
within a mile of the famous 'Blue Boy' Mine, north of Columbus
Salt Flat and Coaldale Nevada.
At an elevation of 5,300 feet above sea level the mine is
only worked during the more temperate seasons of the year.
This mine Produces a light to medium Blue Turquoise, and
the high-grade is a darker blue. It runs in a black chert
or brown host rock. A great example of the diversity of
Blue Thunder Turquoise Mine
An exceptionally fine and beautiful turquoise.
Intense, vivid blue interspersed with amazing Redish/Brown
matrix in a very intricate spiderweb pattern. This Blue Thunder
turquoise with was found in very minimal quantity in the early
1980s and is very seldom seen today. It is highly sought
after by high end contemporary jewelers and collectors, and
are rarely available.
Blue Warrior Turquoise Mines
The Blue Warrior mine produces a beautiful mid to deep
blue turquoise with a tight spiderweb matrix. Nice hard
material. This is some of the funkiest rock, the turquoise
at This mine was formed in lava rock. The mine also produces
a combination of turquoise and chrysicola in the same rock.
Awesome gold and silver turquoise jewelry.
Blue Wind Turquoise Mine
Probably one of the finest, most unknown Nevada
spiderwebs ever. There was very little of This stone to
come out, we only had it offered to us once, even though
we offered to buy all that they could produce! Deep blue
with a black spiderweb. We consider This spider web second
only to Lander Blue! This was another of Cutler Edgars mines.
Wonderful in gold turquoise jewelry. WOW killer spiderweb
Broken Arrow Variscite
and Turquoise Mine
The Broken Arrow Mine is located in the Candelaria Mining
District of Nevada outside of Mina. The Broken Arrow claims
belong to the Otteson's. What has come out of the Broken
Arrow thus far is a blue and emerald green spiderweb and
clear Turquoise and Varascite, some call Variquoise. The
emerald green variscite is absolutely stunning, it looks
like forest green emerald or jade. Some of the finest variscite
we have ever seen. Some of the turquoise they are pulling
out looks like old fox, the good stuff. Look at this gorgeous
Broken Bow Variscite and Turquoise Mine
The Broken Bow claim belongs to the Otteson's and at This
time is undeveloped. The claim sits on the back side of
the hills the White Creek mine is located on. These guys
are so busy right now it will probably be sometime before
they get to producing this commercially if ever.
Candelaria Turquoise Mine
The Candelaria mine(s) are claims located in the large
Candelaria Open Pit Copper, Silver, and Gold Mine. The large
ore company leases out the claims to a few mines infrequently.
The finest turquoise is now located in a part of the mine
so difficult, that it is almost unattainable. The turquoise
is a good quality stone of high blue color with an intermittent
black or brown, non-webbed matrix. The high-grade Candelaria
is a translucent dark blue with a redish brown spiderweb
matrix. It is a hard, attractive stone. Candelaria also
produces some of the most attractive Varascite, which comes
in a wide spectrum of colors. Candelaria spider web varicite
stone a mine with a rich history going back to the middle
1800s. This mine produces some of Nevada's best and most
unusual Variscite. This is a very hard stone, high silica
content. This mine produces some of the most unusual and
beautiful stone patterns, no two stones are ever alike.
Candelaria Because it is not frequently available and the
mine is closed it is considered collectible.
Carico Lake Turquoise Mine
Carico Lake turquoise is named after the location of its
mines on a dried up lake bed in a high, cool area of Lander
County, Nevada. Its clear, iridescent, spring green color
is due to its zinc content and is highly unique and collectible.
Carico Lake turquoise is also found in a dark blue-green
color with a black or brown, spider web matrix. The Mine
has been open for sometime now. A fair amount of This turquoise
has been recovered. The less common lime green turquoise
which is suspect to actually be predominately faustite,
is very very valuable due to it rarety and demand. It is
hard material. This mine is also known to produce rare psuedomorph
clams that are filled with turquoise. As of late this mine
has been owned and operated by Ernie Montoya of Sunwest
Silver. Ernie has used this turquoise to create some wonderful
gold and silver jewelry. This has really added to the turquoise
jewelry market's diversity.
Carlin Turquoise Mine
This mine is located in the northeast part of the
state. A very small mine. This mine hasn't seen any activity
in many years, except for old stashes, you won't find any
of This turquoise anymore. Beautiful Clarity! Alot of this
stuff is really gel type.. like gem silica. Killer in silver
Colorback Mines I &
II Chalcociderite, Variscite and Turquoise Mines
This Nevada mine Produces a beautifully white tight
black spiderwebbed Chalcociderite as well as a gorgeous green
and rare blue Varascite with a black or brown matrix. It is
excellent cutting material, almost now waste. The Colorback
mine I or in the old days Turquoise Boy mine is one half mile
north of the Badger mine and 3.5 miles North-Northwest of
Tenabo near Crescent Valley, Nevada. Turquoise is associated
with an opalized sill that dips intruding black chert. The
chert adjacent to the sill is brecciated and contains the
turquoise. The Colorback II mine has Chalcosiderite and Varacite
material rather than turquoise as the major find. The Chalcosiderite
has a beautiful black spider web pattern with white, blue,
green, yellow, or orange hues. These stones go great with
red coral and turquoise or by themselves. The Variscite. is
a beautiful light green with black spider or matrix throughout
Cortez Mine - FOX
Fox is on of Nevada’s most productive turquoise
mines. In the 1940’s, Dowell Ward purchased the old Cortez
claims and developed them using the names Fox, White Horse,
Green Tree and Smith to differentiate among the colors produced
in the area and to create a larger perceived share of the
turquoise market. The area produces a huge amount of good
quality blue, green or blue-green stone with a distinctive
matrix. Most of This turquoise that we have cut has been a
light to medium blue with a dark color of green of blue spiderweb.
Crow Springs, also known as Blue Bird, was discovered in
1909 near Tonopah, Nevada. This mine produces a nice blue/green
mix turquoise with a blackish brown matrix. Another very
rare turquoise. Small mine.
Cyprus Sierrita Turquoise
A small american mine located in Nevada that we don't know
much about. It produces mostly a straight blue turquoise,
some with small black matrix. Nice color blue. Nice classic
American Turquoies look.
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a particular mine.
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