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Dry Creek Turquoise

The Dry Creek Turquoise mine in Nevada was first discovered during the early 1990's by Nevada's Shoshone Native American tribe. The Shoshones are not typically jewelry makers and had privately leased the mining rights on a limited basis or used the stone as trade. Dry Creek had been mined for a number of years producing a creamy blue stone often with a golden or cocoa brown matrix but can have extreme variations depending on the areas mined. The hardness of the turquoise also varied. The best Dry Creek Turquoise is hard and takes a great shine.

The pale blue Dry Creek Turquoise was first re-discovered (with interest) in the Dry Creek Turquoise mine near Austin Nevada in 1993. When the material was first found, there was a white material and a pale blue material. They were not actually sure what it was. It was further explored in 1999 by the current owners. They had both materials lab tested and after they were assayed, their suspicions were confirmed. The pale blue material was, in fact, turquoise and this Dry Creek Turquoise was harder than they expected. This is not to be confused with the white material they found that turned out to be aluminite. It took a while to get the now famous Dry Creek turquoise made into jewelry as the traditional jewelers did not favor its pale color. However, once it took off, it became popular fast.

Dry Creek Turquoise is not treated or color enhanced and is revered for its light whitish-blue turquoise color. Most turquoise this light of a blue is chalk and is too soft to cut. That is one of the main reasons that Dry Creek Turquoise is so valuable. It seems these days that the wilder the color of turquoise, the more popular it is. Most high grade Dry Creek Turquoise is a 6-7 on the hardness scale. The average turquoise is a 4-5 on the Mohs scale.

Turquoise gets its color from the heavy metals in the ground where it forms. The Blue Turquoise forms when there is a higher concentration of copper than aluminum present. Green turquoise forms where there is a higher concentration of aluminum and is some cases, iron present. This is the case with most Nevada turquoise. Dry Creek Turquoise forms where there are few heavy metals present, which is a rare occurrence, and the reason for the light whitish blue color. To date, no other vein of this turquoise has been discovered anywhere else and when this current vein runs out, that will be the last of it. Because of this, Dry Creek Turquoise is as rare as the sacred buffalo and has been commonly confused with the turquoise from the Sacred Buffalo Turquoise Deposit. Dry Creek Turquoise is not Sacred Buffalo Turquoise and has not ever been marked by the mine owners as Sacred Buffalo turquoise.

Turquoise is the rare and improbable product of an incalculable number of chemical and physical processes that must take place in the right combination and proper environment over a time span of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years. The extreme rarity of turquoise makes rare colors such as Dry Creek Turquoise that much more rare.


Dry Creek Turquoise Bracelet - $395.00

Dry Creek Turquoise Pendant/Earring Set - $1695.00
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