Nevada Turquoise Mines & Turquoise Facts
Marvin Symes' Frog Skin
A small Mine owned by Marvin Symes. It shows
unusual and beautifully distinctive Deep Green Coloring
with Black/Brown Matrix webbing.
Mastrada Turquoise Mine
This mine has seen little activity over the years.
This is mostly seam and vein material from what I have seen
.Is a nice light color with light brown webbing. Almost
looks like the dry creek material. Is Hard and takes a great
shine. Another of those hard to find and rare stones. I
have a stash of this turquoise and hope to make some wonderful
silver jewelry and gold jewelry.
McGinnis Turquoise Mine
A very small quantity and a fair quality of McGinnis was
discovered in 1930 in Nevada. This mine was one of the better
known smaller turquoise mines. I have seen some really neat
McGinnis lately. A variety of colors. You can find this
in many varieties of turquoise jewelry and old pawn jewelry.
Miss Moffet Turquoise Mine
This is an old mine and puts out some of the best colors
with tight black or brown spiderweb matrix. Although This
turquoise has not been marketed much, it is some of the
finest green turquoise we have seen. This mine also produce
a very rare form of turquoise, Psuedomorph Clam Shells,
these are prehistoric clam shells that have had parts of
the dead clam replaced with turquoise. These clams are very
rare and valuable. Look for this stone in highend turquoise
These claims are owned by Nevada Turquoise Company. The
mine has been pillaged by an unknown person who burried
the pits and has left it un mineable at this time.
Moffet Turquoise Jewelry
Monte Cristo Turquoise Mine
The Monte Cristo mine produced a medium blue
or blue-green turquoise which has a light to medium brown
matrix. A lot of This material needs to be stabilized. More
info to be posted at a later date.
Montezuma Turquoise Mine
Montezuma is another of the small Nevada Turquoise
mines. Beautiful green and Blue/green turquoise, only small
production. Very nice material! Solid, not much matrix,
cuts well. A lot of This material needs to be stabilized,
but what doesn't need to be stabilized is gorgeous stuff.
New Lander Variscite, Chalcociderite
The New Lander turquoise is very beautiful! Most
of This material looks like Lander Blue only it is green,
orange, and yellow, mostly green. It apears to be varasite
or chalcociderite rather then turquoise but is marketed
as turquoise, it has the beautiful clarity and depth of
varascite It is being mine across the valley from the Old
Lander Blue Mine.
Nevada Blue / Nevada Persian Blue
The Nevada Blue Mine produces a beautiful blue
turquoise similar to persian blue turquoise, ranging from
light blue to dark blue. A lot of This material is straight
blue or has little matrix. Some high-grade has a fine spiderweb
matrix with dark brown colored matrix.
No. 8 Turquoise Mine
The No. 8 turquoise mine in Carlin, Nevada was first mined
in 1929 until its depletion. In its prime, No. 8 produced
some of the largest nuggets of turquoise found. A spider web
matrix of colors ranging from golden brown to black set off
the unique bright powder blue background of the stone. High
grade No. 8 is deep blue in color and is very rare. No. 8
turquoise has been a very valuable acquisition, rumors of
new stashes of great quantity threaten the value from a collectors
standpoint, if they prove to be true, of coarse the high-grade
will always be very valuable. One of Cutler Edgars. This turquoise
has recently seen a rebirth in turquoise jewelry production.
Northern Lights, Nevada
Northern Lights Turquoise mine produced a real
nice medium to dark blue turquoise, some had a red spiderweb
matrix, some was a dark, almost "military green"
color. This mine is located beside the Carico mine about
80 miles north of Austin , in Lander County, Nevada. Lander
County has produced some of the best turquiose in the world.
This mine is currently owned by Brian mason from crescent
valley, and is currently not being mine.
Orvil Jack Turquoise
Orvil Jack a who was NOT a one armed miner discovered and
developed the mine in northern Nevada that produces the
turquoise that bears his name. The mining claims where the
deposit is located is called the Blue Ridge in Crescent
Valley. Original Orvil only sought out blue turquoise, and
at This time, I have heard, he would have his helpers simply
discard the greed turquoise in search of blue. The rare
yellow-green color of the turquoise (Faustite and Varasite)
comes from the zinc content. Mr. Jack is now deceased, but
his daughter Grace continues to manage the mine. Only a
small amount is now being produced, and the turquoise is
considered very collectible due to its rare color and scarcity.
Once you see this in some jewelry made with sugilite and
opal... it will be one of your favorites. This stunning
color lends itself well to gold turquoise jewelry.
Orvil Jack - The Big Story
Orvil Jack Turquoise
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Paiute Turquoise Mine
The Pauite turquoise mine shares a mountain with the Godber/Burnham/Drycreek
mine in central Nevada. While claims at the Pauite site date
back to 1974, the mine has been actively productive since
1992. The Pauite mine produces limited quantities of high-grade
spider-web turquoise. It has a wide graduation of blue tone,
from light to dark, with web or matrix in colors of black,
orange, brown, and red. It is hard turquoise and some of the
finest we have ever seen. Recently the miner (Tony Cotner)
let us view some samples of his AAA+ high-grade, and it was
breath taking, I would have to say it rivals Lander Blue.
Papoose Turquoise Mine
Papoose is one of Nevada's well-known smaller Turquoise
mines. This mine is located in the western part of Nevada
and produced a small amount of beautiful blue green turquoise
with a brownish matrix. This turquoise
has been featured in many old pawn turquoise jewelry pieces.
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Pixie Turquoise Mine
The Pixie turquoise mine is in the Crescent Valley area of
Nevada, near the Fox, Orville Jack, and Carico Lake mines.
All these mines yield a green turquoise as well as other colors.
The Pixie mine hasn't been worked until recently, sitting
untouched for twenty years. Pixie turquoise is yellow to mossy
green and also occurs in some blues. A gold mining company
owns the claim to these mines, and eventually they will all
be swallowed up by the gold mining operation, therefore, Pixie
turquoise is quite collectible. The Original PIXIE MINE was
mine by Doc Ingersol and another friend in the Bullion District
of Lander County near the Indian creek in the Cresent Valley,
Nevada area . The mine produced a very small Quantity of This
Prize Winning Turquoise.
Wonderful gold and silver jewelry can be made with Pixie,
we especially like it when combine with natural purple sugilite.
Pilot Mountain Turquoise
The Pilot Mountain mine is located in northern Nevada. It
is still producing and different claims are worked by the
Ottesons, Durango Silver Company and Nevada Turquoise Company.
The stone is highly admired for its deep blue-green colors.
In addition, it can show light blue to dark green colors on
the same stone. This graduation in color is unusual and makes
the turquoise very collectible. The matrix is black to golden
brown. Pilot Mountain is a hard stone and takes a good polish.
Most Pilot Mountain comes in thin viens as shown on the cab
to the left, but we have recently discovered some thick vein.
I am possitive you will find this in a ton of old pawn Turquoise
This mine produced some awesome Variscite. as well
as turquoise. The Variscite. from This mine is primarily in
vein formation which is located in an area shared by the Milkyway
Damaile Mine. The Variscite. when cut shows a nice strong
black matrix and the green is a nice olive to dark green.
But the green will run into other shades and even turn a yellow.
The Turquoise however, is a medium blue in brown mud. Most
of the turquoise comes in nugget or nodule form and comes
from the top of the mountain the mine is on. Originally This
mine was known for the turquoise not the Varascite.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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