Friday, March 16, 2012

White Turquoise, White Buffalo Stone????

When people call these "controversial stones", they aren't kidding! It is extremely difficult to find facts about these stones, and the demand for them is increasing. It is never my intention to mislead my customers, and since some of my designs were created using these stones, I needed to investigate them.




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). 







Dry Creek 
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 Creek 

White Owl 

         White Stallion 
"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."

           White Owl


        White Stallion


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. 

4 comments:

  1. Very interesting, Pam. I really enjoyed this.

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  2. You got ripped off. The white stuff you bought is certainly not turquoise. You haven't posted FACTS at all. You have done nothing but repeat unfounded internet rumors and hype, including comments from "reputable dealers" who have actually not researched this subject well at all. Dealers blithely call white material "turquoise" because it sells the material better- period.

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  3. Ham, you are a skeptic. There is such a thing as White Turquoise, it is not stark white, but is such a pale blue that it is almost white. A good example is Dry Creek Turquoise. This material has been tested in several labs, by several different people, including vendors or dealers. This material comes from several different TURQUOISE MINES IN NEVADA. You should not judge people you do not know. Grow up. Most of the reputible dealers will tell you what the stone is that you are buying, whether it is White Buffalo which is an opalized calcite, however I have personally seen White Buffalo in the ground at the mine in Nevada where it had blue Turquoise in the White... what do you have to say to that? If you had that tested it would come back as Turquoise. Other materials that are called "White Turquoise", which is a street name, kinda like drugs have many names most people call them other then their scientific names, are called that for the exact reason that it is a nick name and that is what the general public knows it as. Some other materials I like that are just as expensive as Turquoise are Chalcociderite and White Variscite. Some of the Magnascite is also more expensive, such as Wild Horse from Arizona. Get you facts straight before you start rippin on people. Jerk

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  4. Nice pictures. Good..
    White turquoise is rare and will be no longer available at some point in the near future. Get your favourite white buffalo jewelry like pendant, belt buckle set, ring, etc with Sterling Silver material from our website turquoisebuffalo.com.

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