I purchased these white stones from someone I trust. They are clearly not Magnesite, and they were much more expensive than Magnesite. They were sold to me as "White Buffal Turquoise". I bought every strand the vendor had, realizing they would not be available once the supply he had was exhausted.
The white stones in this necklace were sold to me as "White Buffalo Stone". The inclusions are not gray (as in Howlite), but rather a light brownish copper. When photographed next to the Turquoise stones, the "White Buffalo" seems to have an identical matrix. The turquoise stones in this necklace are from the Blue Gem Turquoise Mine in Nevada (a highly collectible turquoise that is no longer produced).
According to turquoise-museum, "The Dry Creek mine, which has also been known as the Godber and Burnham mine, is located in northeast Nevada. The mine has yielded both a pale blue and a cream white turquoise. The unusual white to light blue turquoise is very hard. The color is due to a preponderance of aluminum rather than copper in the stone's chemistry. The matrix is typically light golden or brown-gray to gray-black."
White Creek Turquoise
According to durangosilver, "The White Creek Turquoise Mine Produces a beautiful white turquoise, and yes it is actually turquoise, not Calcite or Magnesite. A lot of This material has a slight blue tint to it, and it looks a lot like Dry Creek turquoise from the Godber mine.
|White Owl |
"White Owl is mined somewhere north of Austin, Nevada. The mine owner is being very closed mouthed about it. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the "white" Turquoises that are being offered these days. Some people say it's NOT Turquoise, others say it is. All we know is that when we bought the rough, we were told it was definitely Turquoise. Roger showed some of the material to a geologist who affirmed that Turquoise can come in a white form."
The White Stallion mine was lost for several decades, but recently rediscovered with the recent popularity of white turquoise This is a very hard stone that takes a mirror shine. This mine is a small producer and the material is very limited, and will run pure white with just a touch of green or blue with beautiful matrix patterns.
White Buffalo Mine
White Buffalo Mine
White Buffalo Turquoise (actually Opalized Calcite) is a beautiful white stone with fine black spider web or kind of a blotchy matrix that is mined out of Nevada, north of Tonopah. The White Buffalo Mine also produces a stark white material on occasion with little to no matrix, but this is rare.
According to Durango Silver, White Turquoise is actually turquoise that is now in high demand. Since miners in the past were trained to search for colored stones known as Turquoise, they often discarded the white stones. The stones were always considered sacred by many Native Americans.
For more information, Durango Silver has written this article on white turquoise, including many nice photos.