A look at real Turquoise


BELOW IS REAL BISBEE TURQUOISE FROM THE FAMOUS LAVENDER PIT MINE IN BISBEE, ARIZONA:

  • BISBEE ARIZONA TURQUOISE HAS NOT BEEN MINED FOR OVER 30 YEARS

  • BISBEE TURQUOISE IS VERY DISTINCTIVE WITH THE BLUE AND LAVENDER COLOR.

  • THESE EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN SLABBED AND ARE REAL AND NATURAL EXAMPLES.

Bisbee Turquoise Slabs from Bisbee, Arizona
Bisbee Turquoise Slabs from Bisbee, Arizona

BELOW IS REAL BLACK DIAMOND TURQUOISE FROM NEVADA:

  • BLACK DIAMOND TURQUOISE IS KNOWN FOR THE BLACK CHERT MATRIX

  • THIS EXAMPLE WAS PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE MINER

Black Diamond Turquoise with black chert from Nevada
Black Diamond Turquoise with black chert from Nevada

BELOW IS REAL CANDELERIA “RIBBON” TURQUOISE FROM THE ViCINITY OF MINA, NEVADA:

  • MINED FROM THE NORTHERN BELLE SILVER MINE.

  • THIS EXAMPLE WAS PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE STONE CUTTER.

  • NOTE THE GREY HOST ROCK, INDICATIVE OF CANDELERIA.

Candeleria Turquoise in ribbon form
Candeleria Turquoise in ribbon form

BELOW IS REAL KINGMAN ARIZONA TURQUOISE :

  • THIS EXAMPLE IS REAL, BUT IS STABILIZED (AS IS THE MAJORITY OF TURQUOISE).

  • THE KINGMAN MINE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF TURQUOISE.

Turquoise Mountain Turquoise from Kingman, Arizona
Turquoise Mountain Turquoise from Kingman, Arizona

BELOW IS REAL NUMBER 8 TURQUOISE FROM EUREKA COUNTY, NEVADA:

  • ALMOST ALL OF THE TURQUOISE FROM THIS MINE IS SPIDER WEBBED.

  • THE MATRIX CAN BE RED BROWN, GOLDEN BROWN, OR BLACK.

Number 8 spider web turquoise from Nevada
Number 8 spider web turquoise from Nevada

BELOW IS REAL ROYSTON TURQUOISE FROM THE ROYSTON MINING DISTRICT OUTSIDE TONAPAH, NEVADA:

  • NOTE THE VARYING COLORS FROM BLUE TO GREEN.

  • THE ROYSTON MINING DISTRICT IS ONE OF NEVADA’S BETTER KNOWN TURQUOISE PRODUCING AREAS WITH OSCAR WEHREND, ROYAL BLUE, AND THE BUNKER HILL MINE BEING THE TOP THREE MINE SITES.

Royston Turquoise from near Tonopah, Nevada
Royston Turquoise from near Tonopah, Nevada

BELOW IS REAL SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE FROM THE SLEEPING BEAUTY MINE NEAR GLOBE, ARIZONA:

  • THIS TURQUOISE IS REAL AND NATURAL, STRAIGHT FROM THE GROUND.

  • THIS EXAMPLE WAS PURCHASED FROM A MINING FOREMAN WHO WORKED AT THE SLEEPING BEAUTY MINE.

  • SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE IS FAVORED BY THE ZUNI INDIANS DUE TO THE UNIFORM COLOR AND LACK OF MATRIX.

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Specimen from near Globe, Arizona
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Specimen from near Globe, Arizona

If you are not going out to mine turquoise yourself, you need to find a dealer who sells “real turquoise.”  May we suggest the Tucson Turquoise inside the American Antique Mall in Tucson, Arizona.  We’ve been buying and selling real turquoise rough, cabochons, and real turquoise jewelry for close to 25 years.

Currently we have for sale:

  • Natural Bisbee Turquoise from the Lavender Pit, Bisbee, Arizona (Mine now Closed)

  • Natural Cripple Creek Turquoise from Cripple Creek, Colorado

  • Natural Ithica Peak Turquoise from Kingman, Arizona 

  • Natural Hachita Turquoise from New Mexico

  • Natural Kingman Turquoise from the W.L. Hardy collection.

  • Natural Nacozari Turquoise from Mexico, just South of Bisbee, Arizona (Mine now Closed)

  • Natural Baja Turquoise from Baja, California

  • Stabilized Campitos from Sonora,Mexico

  • Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Globe, Arizona (Mine now CLOSED)

Real Turquoise is for sale through Tucson Turquoise inside the American Antique Mall
Real Turquoise is for sale inside through Tucson Turquoise inside the American Antique Mall

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