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Nevada Mines Through Lucky Peak

Example Pictures are either the highest of grade or a good example of a common look from a particular mine.

Damele & Damaile Turquoise - turquoise rough, cabochon, and men's turquoise ring

Damele & Damaile Turquoise, Variscite and Faustite Mine
The Damele & Damaile (also known as Damali) mines are located in east central Nevada near the Carico Lake mine. Damele turquoise is distinctive because of the zinc content that turns the stone yellow-green and increases its hardness. The matrix of Damele is webbed with a dark brown to black matrix. It's availability is limited because the mines are small. Due to its rare color, Damele is a collectible turquoise. The Damele mine also produces very beautiful Varasite, a beautiful, lime greenish to forest green very hard stone, most people know Damele for This stone rather then the Turquoise, and the Damaile Mine is known more for the Turquoise. Damele varascite and faustite are often misrepresented as turquoise. I love this stone in Turquoise Jewelry.

Darling Darlene Turquoise Mine
VERY RARE Dark Blue Nevada Turquoise from high up in the Battle Mountain Region. Only a small amount of Turquoise was produced from This mine. Some very nice high grade gem quality Turquoise. Another American Turquoise classic.

Darling Darlene Turquoies Cabochon
Dry Creek Turquoise cabochon

Dry Creek Turquoise Mine
The Dry Creek mine, which has also been known as the Godber and Burnham mine, is located in northeast Nevada. The mine has yielded both a pale blue and a cream white turquoise. The unusual white to light blue turquoise is very hard. The color is due to a preponderance of aluminum rather than copper in the stone's chemistry. The matrix is typically light golden or brown-gray to gray-black. White turquoise is beautiful alone in a piece of jewelry and is especially striking when juxtaposed with other colors of turquoise in a single gold or silver jewelry creation.

Easter Blue Mine
Easter Blue is an old Nevada Blue Turquoise Mine. This mine is located in the Royston Area/Bunker Hill. This mine is a major producer of Nevada Turquoise. Easter Blue produces a fine quality stone, beautiful matrix. The Easter Blue Mine is owned and operated by Danny and Dean Otteson (not sure if This is spelled right). A classic staple in Native American jewelry. This can also be seen in some modern silver and turquoise jewelry. An Classic in American Turquoise.

Easter Blue Turquoise
Emerald Valley Turquoise

Emerald Valley Turquoise Mine
Emerald Valley is a Nevada Mine that produces a deep forest green Turquoise. It is very beautiful. Emerald Valley is an American turquoise and I have seen it on the internet advertised as Chinese, This is false. It is still being mine by the owner. This is an acceptional stone to put into Gold Jewelry. Most makes its way into modern silver and turquoise jewelry.

Fox Turquoise Mine
Fox is on of Nevadaís most productive turquoise mines. In the 1940ís, 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
Gilbert american turquoise cabochon

Gilbert Turquoise Mine

The Gilbert Mine in Nevada produces a beautiful dark blue extremely hard turquoise in a quarts host rock. It has a dark to medium brown matrix. This turquoise almost has a Bisbee look to it if you have seen Bisbee in Quarts. A wonderful example of American Turquoise. You will definately see some of this being sold as Bisbee in Turquoise jewelry.

Godber/Burnham Turquoise
One of Nevada's Best and most well known mines. This mine produced some of the best material to ever come out of Nevada. Godber Turquoise is a deep blue with a brownish spiderweb matrix. Some of the older Burnham material is even prettier, dark blue with a green spiderweb matrix. Stunning! You can see some of this in high end old pawn silver jewelry and some gold and turquoise jewelry.

Godber/Burnham Turquoise
Gold Acres Turquoise cabochon
Gold Acres Turquoise Mine
A small privately owned Nevada Turquoise mine that produced very little Turquoise. We are not sure whether or not This mine is still in production. Judging on the availability we are guessing it is not. Gold Acres is some of the finest blue Turquoise we have seen. Awesome matrix, a lot of the Turquoise is multi-colored.

Halley's Comet Turquoise Mine
A Nevada Turquoise that has limited production. This turquoise was lost for a number of years, and rediscovered recently by the current owner. This stone is very hard, 8 on the mohs scale. It took ten years to find This mine. Usually a light Blue with triangle pattern matrix. This mine is owned and operated by Durango Silver Co. and Nevada Turquoise Company. Look for it in our silver jewelry.

Halley's Comet Turquoise
Harcross Mine Turquoise

Harcross Mine Turquoise Mine
Another small Nevada Turquoise Mine. Produces some very nice "non-nevada" looking turquoise medium blue to medium green. Beautiful Stuff! This turquoise mine produces turquoise that looks a lot like Turquoise Mountain Arizona turquoise. Have not seen any of this in silver jewelry yet.

Hidden Treasure Turquoise Mine
The Hidden Treasure mine is definitely as it is named. A very small mine that is tucked away in the Nevada hills. This is a rare stone to come by. This mine produces a very beautiful sky blue turquoise in a light brownish/quarts looking matrix, a lot like the Villa Grove Mine in Colorado. Nice stuff. I have seen some if this sold as Villa Grove in Turquoise Jewelry.

Indian Blue Turquoise Cabochon and turquoise facts

Indian Blue Turquoise Mine
The Indian Blue Mine Produces a medium colored finely webbed turquoise. The mine produces a very fine product and is usually in a dark black chert. Nice stuff, haven't seen a lot, but what I saw was pretty dang nice. Would love to put more of this in my turquoise jewelry.

Indian Mountain Turquoise Mine
The best known of the contemporary mines was originally discovered in 1970ís by a Shoshone sheepherder who stumbled upon a vein of turquoise on a hillside while tending his sheep. Eddy Mauzy and his family mined and marketed turquoise from This site to top southwest Indian artists. Jewelry featuring Indian Mountain turquoise was featured in Arizona Highways magazine in the 1970ís. Indian Mountain mine is in Lander County, Nevada.

Indian Mountain Turquoise
Ivanhoe Turquoise cabochon

Ivanhoe Turquoise Mine
The Original Ivanhoe Mine was located on one of JW Edgars 1100 Acre Mining Leases in his Nevada area and had many beautiful shades of color. This little mine produced some beautiful stuff.

Lander Blue Turquoise Mine
Rita J. Hapgold, a blackjack dealer at the Nevada Club at Battle Mountain, discovered This turquoise deposit in 1973 while picnicking at Indian Creek. She collected some nuggets in a can and later claimed the site as the Mary Louise Lode Mining Claim. Later that year she sold her claim to Marvin Syme and Henry Dorian, who formed the Lander Blue Turquoise Corporation. Lander Blue was a "hat mine" so called because you could cover it with a hat, only 98 pounds of turquoise was ever recovered from it. Today This rarest of all Southwestern turquoise classics is also of the highest grade and thus, pound for pound, the most valuable turquoise in the world. Bang Bang..... you know this is expensive silver and gold turquoise jewelry. The highest of all American Turquoise.

Lander Blue Turquoise cabochon

Last Chance Mine men's turquoise ring

Last Chance Turquoise Mine
The last chance mine is a small claim in Lander County Nevada. This mine produced mainly of deep blue and black spiderweb turquoise. Very Rare Turquoise. A lot of this turquoise was sold in turquoise jewelry as Lander Blue to those who did not know what they were looking at.

Leaning Shack
The Leaning Shack mine produce as light yellow to medium yellow green faustite, or to the retail customer "Yellow Turquoise". This is a small nevada mine and is rare stuff due to the small production of This material. Nice material. This stuff makes some interesting silver jewelry.

Leaning Shack Faustite cabochons
Lone Mountain Turquoise
Lone Mountain
The Lone Mountain turquoise mine is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The turquoise is noted for its ability to hold its color and not fade. Usually found in nodules, Lone Mountain turquoise ranges in color from clear blue to spider-web. Because Lone Mountain turquoise holds its beautiful blue color well, it is a great addition to one's jewelry collection, lone mountain like the turquoise pictured is very rare these days, now the mine produces a light grayish blue color turquoise. Once in a while the miners will find a rare fossil that has been replaced with Lone Mountain Turquoise. An American Turquoise Classic.
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Lucky Peak
Lucky Peak Turquoise is from a new deposit in Crescent Valley, Nevada. Beautiful shades of green and blue are being mined and as they get deeper in the mine the blue gets harder and darker.

Nevada Turquoise Mines Index | Turquoise Mines A-C | Turquoise Mines M-R | Turquoise Mines R - Z

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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