Nevada Mines Through Zuni
Example Pictures are either the highest of grade
or a good example of a common look from a particular mine.
Red Mountain Turquoise
Red Mountain is located in Lander County, Nevada. This mine
has produced a large quantity of graded turquoise and the
best Red Mountain turquoise rivals some of the high quality
turquoise produced by the best mines in the Southwest. Red
Mountain turquoise with its intricate often red spider web
matrix is usually set in the finest gold and silver American
Indian jewelry. Red Mountain spiderweb is one of the finest,
only compared with Lander Blue. This stone has been used in
many fine turquoise jewelry pieces both gold and silver by
many famous artists.
Bunker Hill Mine - Oscar Wehrend - Royal Blue
Royston is a district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise
mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer,
Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging
from deep green to rich, light blues set off by a heavy
brown matrix. The Royston district is still producing some
turquoise of high quality. It ranges from a 5-6 in hardness
for the highgrade. This is one the best selling stones for
our line of jewelry. This Turquoise is being mined by the
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Smith Black Matrix Mine
You can guess where This comes from,...Nevada.
Another small mine that produces great spiderweb material.
Very Rare.Very Significant Part of Nevada History coming from
the original OWA claim prior to 1965. A TEXAS COLLECTOR says
"It is possible that someone named Smith took over a
mine and named it the Smith Mine. But I still think that something
is in the back of my mind. I think one of the old families
had a daughter that married a Smith and a mine with that name
came from that."
Smoky Valley Turquoise
Another Small Nevada Mine. This mine produced a
predominately medium blue Turquoise with little matrix. What
matrix is in the stone was brownish black. Don't see much
of This material anymore. There were a lot of the nugget turquoise
jewelry pieces made out of this turquoise in the 60s and 70s
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Stennich Turquoise and Faustite
This mine produces awesome green shades of turquoise,
ranging in color from a dark green to the very popular lime
greens. The material we have seen and own was seam or vein
material. Always looking for more of This material. Really
neat material! Really pretty turquoise jewelry when made
with 14k gold.
Stormy Mountain Turquoise Mine
Stormy Mountain turquoise mine is located in Elko County,
northeastern Nevada. Along with Blue Diamond mine, Stormy
Mountain is known for producing hard, dark blue turquoise
that includes a blotchy, black or brown chert matrix that
resembles storm clouds. This mine is presently not active
and is an extremely valuable addition to one’s collection.
This seems to be my mothers favorite turquoise to put in
gold jewelry and turquoise jewelry.
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Stone Mountain Turquoise
Our mine is located in high deserts of Lyon County,
Nevada. The mine was discovered in the late 1970's and since
that time we have discovered the majority of our turquoise
by hand and pick.
A fairly new Nevada mine. This is a small mine run by just
a few people, the Nevada Cassidys. It produces, deep blue
to deep green turquoise with a varying degree of white,
red and yellow-goldish matrix. The Cassidys claimed the
mine in the early 1980's and have been hand and pick mining
it ever since. They also claim that the mine produces translucent
turquoise and blend colored turquoise that comes in a many
different and unexpected color patterns.
Thunderbird Mine Turquoise Mine
The Thunderbird was originally owned and operated by the
Mcginnis family, before they abondoned it to focus operations
on the Mcginnis Turquoise mine. This mine produced primarily
vein. material. It is of a medium to dark blue color with
black or dark brown spiderweb or blotchy matrix. What little
material was taken from This mine is gorgeous, fairly hard
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Timberline Turquoise Mine
One of Nevada's famous small mines. This mine produced
a small amount of beautiful high grade medium to dark blue
turquoise with thin brownish/black matrix. In the 60s, 70s,
& 80s This small mine became famous, now finding This
material is very rare!
Tina Gem Turquoise Mine
One of the Rarest American Turquoise was the
highest Turquoise mine in America, located in the Battle
Mountain area of Nevada. This privately owned mine was a
tiny operation and only produced a small amount of fabulous
dark blue Turquoise, almost the transparency of Varascite.
A very valuable stone to have in one's collection.
The Tortoise Turquoise &
Tortoise mine is a new mine in Nevada that we own and
operate in partnership with Nevada Turquoise Company. This
mine produces stellar material!! We have only started on This
mine (we are only 5 feet down in the pit and are finding AAA
grade material! The Tortoise produces green, blue, brown,
white, yellow and red material with beautiful black spiderweb.
We have determined that the mint green and blue materials
are Turquoise and the white material is Chalcociderite, we
are currently having the other materials assayed. We have
vein material, nuggets and nodules. We have pulled out several
nodules the size of softballs, and a piece of vein. that is
3ft x1 3/4ft x 2 inches thick! All the materials have a hardness
of between 6 and 8 on the mohs scale. When you see This material
you will fall in love! You want to see some gorgeous Turquoise
jewelry, you have to see this stuff in silver jewelry or in
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Troy Springs Turquoise
An old Nevada Turquoise mine that produces a blue & green
combo Turquoise with light brown matrix much like some of
the Royston Turquoise. A lot of This material has to be stabilized.,
but what doesn't is super high-grade Owned by Nevada Turquoise
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A fine Nevada Turquoise mine which produce a
light to medium blue stone with a goldish brown matrix,
a lot of times both green and blue in one stone. Good hard
material. A lot of This turquoise comes in seam and vein.
This mine was originally a Teungstun mine owned by Carl
House, eventually they found This gorgeous turquoise. These
claims are full of minerals. Turquoise Bonanza is now owned
by Nevada Turquoise Co. We have made a fair amount of silver
jewelry out of this turquoise. Great classic looking turquoise
Valley Blue Turquoise
Valley Blue was a small Nevada mine located in
the Lander County region. Located between Austin and Battle
Mountain, Nevada. This mine became fairly famous for a small
time mine back in the 60s and 70s. It produced a nice medium
blue to dark blue Turquoise with black matrix usually in nugget
form. A lot of This material was finished as semi-nugget cabs.
A fair amount of Turquoise jewelry featured this turquoise
in the 60s and 70s, not so much any more.
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Verde Blue Turquoise Mine
Verde blue is a newer claim for
the Otteson family and has been worked very little. It forms
in a soft clay and produces the most beautiful little nuggets
you have ever seen. It looks like old Morenci turquoise
from the 60s and 70s. Once we can rip Dean away from Royston
for a while and get him over there, it ought to be great
stuff!! I cannot wait to see a lot of this in Turquoise
jewelry, whether silver jewelry or gold jewelry.
Windy Ridge Turquoise
Nevada has had an uncountable amount of mines over the years,
however most were small pockets and were mined out fairly
fast. Most of Nevadas mines were small and usually mined
by one person at a time. This mine sits above the Godber and
Damele turquoise mines up in the mountain range behind them
clear up on top, thus the name Windy ridge. Very hard stone,
This has got to be the hardest material we have ever cut.
Has very high silica content, This material is even harder
than Candelaria. Runs primarily shades of green, but also
lighter blues. Lots of chert mixed with this material had
made it very difficult to mine. The veins might as well be
locked up in Fort Knox. They form right in the solid granite
lot of the mines the material is in decomposed chert and other
rock usually very loose and fractured. But not This material.
Available in small Quantities over the years.
White Creek Turquoise Mine
The White Creek Mine Produces a beautiful white turquoise,
and yes it is actually turquoise, not Calcite or Magnesite.
A lot of This material has a slight blue tint to it, and it
looks a lot like Dry Creek turquoise from the Godber mine.
The other look of This material is very similar to the White
Buffalo Calcite look. Good stuff if you like the white turquoise
look, cuts nicely. This stone makes wild turquoise jewelry,
more fitting to silver jewelry than gold jewelry.
White Stallion Turquoise
This mine was lost for several Decades, Recently
rediscovered. Has been worked over the years but until recently
white turquoise was just not popular like it is today. This
is a very hard stone,you can take a couple of these cabs and
lightly click them together and it is so hard it sounds like
two pieces of glass clicking together, takes a mirror shine.
This mine is a small producer and the material is very limited.
But like all great stone nature only produces a little. This
material will run pure white with just a touch of green or
blue with beautiful matrix patterns. I hear it is coming out
of a site right next to the main Carico Lake claim. Wonderful
White Buffalo Mine
White Buffalo Turquoise (actually Opalized Calcite)
is a beautiful white stone with fine black spiderweb or
kind of a blotchy matrix that is mine out of Nevada, north
of Tonopah. This one is getting a little hard to get as
it is in low production at this times. This stone takes
a great polish, cuts like Turquoise and is commonly marketed
as White Turquoise. We really like the black spiderwebbed
version. It is mine by Danny and Dean Otteson. One of the
hotest things to hit the Turquoise jewelry market in a long
White Owl Mine, Nevada
White Owl is mined somewhere north of Austin, Nevada. The
mine owner is being very closed mouthed about it. There
is a lot of controversy surrounding the "white"
Turquoises that are being offered these days. Some people
say it's NOT Turquoise, others say it is. All we know is
that when we bought the rough, we were told it was definitely
Turquoise. Roger showed some of the material to a geologist
who affirmed that Turquoise can come in a white form. Regardless,
one must admit that This material, as all "white"
Turquoise, is very interesting and very beautiful. We have
recently learned that the White Turquoises are usually Calcite,
Mangesite, or Chalcociderite, not Turquoise.
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Zuni Turquoise Mine
Another small Nevada mine. This mine is located
near the Blue Diamond Mine and produced a small amount of
high blue Turquoise. More history to come as I find it.
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a particular mine.
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