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Number 8 Turquoise

Number 8 turquoise or "spiderweb" turquoise comes from the Lynn Mining District in Eureka County, Nevada. Number 8 turquoise is known for its spider webbing and light blue coloring. The first claim was filed in 1929. They were originally mining for copper when in the 1950s they came across a deposit of some of the finest spiderweb turquoise ever found in Nevada. The mine eventually closed in 1976 due to being bought out by a gold mining operation. The last owner of the turquoise mine, Dowell Ward, had a stockpile of the turquoise set aside that is now on the market. Number 8 is some of the finest turquoise ever found. This turquoise is considered a collector's item because once this reserve is gone there will be no more released on to the market. 

Royston Turquoise

Royston turquoise comes from the Royston mining district located near Tonapah, Nevada. Lynn Otteson moved to Tonopah to mine Royston in 1958. Royston is known for having a wide range of colors from a beautiful soft blue to emerald greens. The color variation is like no other turquoise in the world. The Royston mine is one of the last American mines in operation. The Royston mining district consists of four claims; Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue. Today the mine is primarily controlled by the Otteson family and are operating out of the Royal Blue claim which is the only active claim in the Royston district. 

Emerald Mountain Turquoise

Emerald Mountain Turquoise is a part of a private ranch located in Northern Nevada. A well known gold mining company bought the ranch so there is very little information on when this area was mined for Turquoise. It is currently not accessible and therefore can not be mined anymore making this gem very rare. 

Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla can be found in Arizona and Utah. The mines were originally used to dig up copper and gold. Most of these mines are not currently operating but is somewhat accessible to find deposits of Chrysocolla. Chrysocolla varies in colors from greens to blues. It often can be confused with turquoise because they share a lot of the same characteristics. Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company owned several large mines including Inspiration, Live Oak, Black Warrior and along with some smaller mines in Arizona. Inspiration copper ore body was discovered in 1904. The mining along with the small town of Inspiration shut down in the 70s. Access to this abandon mine is difficult and not permitted however chrysocolla can still be found in the surrounding area. 

Plume Agate

Graveyard Point Plume Agate is found in far eastern Oregon. Agate enthusiasts have been collecting here for over 40 years. There have been many commercial mining operations in the past and there are about 3 claims in the area currently. Graveyard Point Plume Agate forms in cracks in the basalt. There is an agate vein about every 10 feet and they can be from 1 to 18 inches thick and extend up to 30 feet long. Plumes can be white, brown, yellow, orange or red. 

Crazy Lace Agate

Crazy Lace Agate is found in Chihuahua, Mexico in a remote rugged area. The first documented discovery of Crazy Lace was in 1895. Crazy Lace is estimated to be 65-90 million years old. There are tree active claims and a number of inactive claims and mines that are worked sporadically. In ancient times this agate was worn to make peace with the gods and to give courage to the wearer.