Meet The Turquoise Mines!

Turquoise jewelry has long been
sought after by the rich and powerful, merchants, warriors, and kings. But
where does it come from? Here we discover where this varied stone originates.

Today we are
going to begin a two part segment that introduces and gives a little history of
some of the more popular mines in Nevada as well as some more obscure ones. We
will kick things off with the Cheyenne Turquoise Mine.

Cheyenne Mine:  Cheyenne
is a relatively old mine once called the “carrie” or “hidden
treasure” mine. Originally mined for its gold and silver, Tony and Trenton
Otteson staked this claim several years ago to attempt to re-open the mine and
gather what was missed. Turquoise is formed here as a bi-product of the mineral
seem. The beautiful colors found here cover nearly the entire spectrum in the
turquoise world. Standing out from this mine is the green web and the blue web.
Cheyenne turquoise rivals any top mine for color and grade in the world.

Verde Blue Mine: The Verde
Blue mine is relatively unknown mine. Blue turquoise with black web is the
dominant stone from this mine, and though it is very beautiful stone, the mine
is almost depleted.

Apache Blue Mine: Also
known as Turkey Track, Apache Blue is a very small starter mine. Though still
relatively shallow, the mine is producing an absolutely beautiful blue stone with
eye popping black web matrix. This high quality stone is very rare and hard to
find, even in this mine, but it’s what every turquoise miner is searching for.

Royston Mine:  The
Royston Turquoise mines are located near Tonopah, Nevada. It originally
consisted of four old claims: Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrand, and
Royal Blue. The colors of turquoise here range from light blue to dark emerald
green and are known worldwide for their good quality. Portions of the Royston
claims are owned and operated by the Otteson family. Producing a large range of
colors at very affordable prices, this is where you come on a tight budget.

White Buffalo Mine: White
Buffalo turquoise
is an extremely rare form of calcite called “opalized
calcite”. As far as we know, there is no other mine in the entire world
that produces it. Many imitation stones have popped up trying to copy the look,
howlite, chinese imitation plastic,…etc. The majority of the pits have been
played out but there is still some nice stone to be had here.

Candelaria
Mine: Candelaria turquoise
comes from the small Candelaria mine in Nevada. It does not produce much stone,
and as such the Candelaria turquoise is rare and considered a collectible. If
you like this webbed stone, buy it up immediately. Candelaria turquoise is very
rare and extremely hard to come by. It is a beautiful webbed stonePsychology Articles, with the
color ranging from a light sea blue to a rich dark blue with varying colors of
webbing.

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