Turquoise Earrings Like No Other


One of the finest and most unusual forms of turquoise is Boulder Turquoise, which is mined from the Royston mining district of Nevada. Boulder consists of a brown or rust colored host rock through which a dazzling vein of turquoise runs (known as “ribbon turquoise”). Whereas most turquoise is named after the mine from which it was extracted, Boulder is named for its unique composition and appearance. The natural combination of varying tones of earthy browns, beige and rust in conjunction with sky blue to light green veins make a striking impression that is sought after by turquoise jewelry collectors. Because there is very little uniformity among Boulder stones, each piece of jewelry made with this distinctive stone has a one-of-a-kind look.

Due to its rarity and magnificent spider-web matrix, the turquoise from the #8 mine is one of the popular types of turquoise jewelry among collectors. Closed and depleted in 1961, less than 10% of the turquoise derived from the #8 mine consisted of quality, high-grade stones. The spider-web matrix found in this lineage of turquoise contains gold, various hues of brown, and black, which form an intricate web pattern throughout the light, blue-green turquoise. Because #8 turquoise can be found in a variety of host rocks including chert, shale and quartz, each piece is individually unique.

Located within the Lynn mining district of Nevada, the #8 mine yielded two deposits of turquoise for the original founders, the Edgar brothers. The Edgar family started mining the first deposit in 1925 only to deplete it within four years. Although the initial mine produced large amounts of low-grade, nodular turquoise, another nearby deposit yielded what we know as the high-grade #8 today. Though most turquoise stones extracted from this mine were relatively small, the #8 Turquoise mine once yielded a single, 150 pound turquoise stone, which was at the time the largest turquoise stone known to man.

One of Nevada’s most popular mining districts, the Royston mining region continues to produce some of the most magnificent turquoise available. Renowned for its range of colors, the Royston Turquoise contains a multitude of blues and greens, ranging from a stunning Robin’s egg blue to a limonite infused green. The Royston district contains four known turquoise mines including the Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend and Royal Blue mines.

Once Nevada’s largest producer of turquoise the Royal Blue mine yields a multitude of colors of turquoise with a brown matrix. Found in small veins and seams, the turquoise comes in the form of thin discs, large masses and sizable nuggets. Thought relatively low-yielding, the Easter Blue mine produces a wonderful, light Easter egg blue stone that is rarely found elsewhere.

Ithaca Peak turquoise comes from the Cerbat Mountains in Mohave County. It is part of the Kingman mining operations and one of the two main turquoise deposits along with Turquoise Mountain.

Ithaca peak turquoise, like Kingman, is typically a beautiful sky blue color but is specifically known for heavier pyrite inclusions. While pyrite is also found in other types of turquoise, it will usually be more of a brassy color in the Ithaca Peak material, which can be helpful in differentiating it from similar stones like Morenci turquoise.

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