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White Buffalo Turquoise

White Buffalo Turquoise is found in only one mine worldwide, the Dry Creek Mine in Nevada.  The mine is located on the Shoshone Indian Reservation near Battle Mountain.  It was discovered only recently, in 1993.  It is said that its name comes from Native Americans in the area, who believe that the stone "is as rare as a white buffalo."  It is believed to form like "normal turquoise," with the exception of the absence of copper (which makes turquoise blue), iron (which makes it green), or zinc (which leads to yellow-green turquoise).

We believe that white howlite is sometimes sold as white buffalo turquoise, perhaps by accident by the uninformed, or perhaps intentionally.



 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States
Other Locations

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMITATIONS

African Turquoise

Block Turquoise

Faience Ceramic
Howlite Turquoise

Natural Imposters

Polymer Clay
Utah Turquoise
Vienna Turquoise

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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