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.