TURQUOISE MINES TO KNOW

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Lone Moun­tain

— Made fa­mous by Charles Loloma, Lone Moun­tain turquoise has been a go-to for artists for decades. It’s known for its vary­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, in­clud­ing its tight ma­trix, amaz­ing color and fern-like pat­tern­ing.

Can­de­laria

— Deep blue and al­most translu­cent in color with thick spi­der web ma­trix that can ap­pear brown in high-grade ex­am­ples.

Roys­ton

— Known for its vary­ing col­ors, from deep blues to emer­ald greens.

Carico Lake

— This one also comes in vary­ing col­ors, but is mostly known for its greens, which range from soft pas­tel greens to deep shamrock greens.

Bis­bee

— An­other fa­vorite for artists. Known for its hyp­notic, at times even smoky, blues. It’s also a very hard turquoise, which makes it easy to work with.

Lan­der Blue

— Prized and rare, and trea­sured by artists and col­lec­tors alike. Not much of it was mined, which is why it can sell at $500 or more per carat. It’s known for its tight web­bing and deep blue color.

Morenci

— Known for its pyrite ma­trix, which gives it a gold-like shim­mer.

King­man

— One of the most pro­lific turquoise mines in the world is the King­man mine. It comes in nearly ev­ery vari­a­tion of color of turquoise.

Hid­den Val­ley

—Very rare and of­ten ex­pen­sive, Hid­den Val­ley usu­ally turns up in high-end pieces or as im­por­tant ac­cents on smaller works.

Num­ber 8

— Some­times called Spi­der­web Num­ber 8, this va­ri­ety of turquoise is pop­u­lar for its, you guessed it, web-like ma­trix.

Sleep­ing Beauty

— This one comes in all va­ri­eties, but is of­ten known for its pure blue color with lit­tle or no ma­trix.

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