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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

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 gold jewelry.

Apache Mine
This mine is locate on the west side of the Toiyabe Range several
miles north of Austin, in Lander County. The deposit was not
discovered until the 1990s. Thick veins of variscite ranging up to
about 3 and a half inches are mined here. The varicite is generally
light green with black mottled markings. Zones of higher quality
darker green variscite nuggets have been uncovered in the deeper
workings. This property has produced considerable quantities of
variscite and is considered one of the worlds largest producers of
that material. Initially, much of the material was marketed as
"Apache Turquoise" but the name was retracted once a correct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 turquoise jewelry.

Apache Turquoise Cabochon

Basalt Natural Nevada Turquoise cabochon

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 Boy Variquoise cabochon
Blue Creek Turquoise From Nevada

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 jewelry.

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 Turquoise Look.

Blue Diamond Turquoise cabochon
Blue Eagle Turquoise
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 American Turquoise.

Look how wonderful this looks in silver jewelry. I think it looks even better in Gold and turquoise jewelry.

Blue Gem Turquoise

What a killer turquoise nugget!

More Blue Gem Info

Blue Gem Jewelry

Blue Ice Natural American Turquoise
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 Jay Turquoise
Blue Medicine Turquoise cabochon
Blue Medicine Turquoise Mines
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 American Turquoise.

Blue Moon Turquoise Cabochon

Blue Thunder Natural Nevada Turquoise cabochons

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 1980’s 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 Warrior Highgrade Spiderweb turquoise from nevada

Blue Wind Turquoise cabochon

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 American Turquoise.

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 turquoise jewelry!!

Broken Arrow Jewelry

Broken Arrow Natural Nevada Variscite
Broken Bow Natural Nevada Variscite

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.

Candelaria Turquoise pendant and variscite cabochon
Carico Lake Turquoise - Natural American Turquoise - men's turquoise ring

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 jewelry.
Carlin Turquoise - Natural Nevada Turquoise
Colorback Natural American turquoise , variscite and chalcociderite

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 the stones.

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.
Fox Turquoise Cabochon
Crow Springs Turquoise

Crow Springs
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.

Crow Springs Jewelry

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.

Cyprus Sierrita Turquoise

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Example Pictures are not necessarily the highest of grade, rather a good example of a common look from a particular mine.

I will continue to add to This list and eventually attempt to have a listing of all turquoise mines that have existed in Nevada. I need your help! If you know of another legitimate mining operation or old mine claim in Nevada, contact me at: durangodillon@gmail.com

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