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Rough Turquoise & Variscite

Turquoise is a copper oxide, often occurring in or near copper deposits. The color depends upon the amounts of copper and iron, which will determine whether it is a more blue or green colour. Many of the turquoises listed below come from locations here in the United States, making them rare, as many mines throughout the US have been closed down for quite some time. Read more about turquoise, it's origin and properties.

Variscite originates from Nevada and Utah of the American southwest and is available in a rough finish. Variscite is called a "cousin" of turquoise with slight difference in chemical make-up.There are several varieties available with color from a range of greens to blues with greens and spiderweb. The Mohs hardness is 4-6 and is a great material for carving or cabbing, it also works well for bead making and inlay.

Please see individual item descriptions for origin and characteristics. Different grades are almost always available, so if you don't see what you want, be sure to contact us. Click on the Turquoise Name to see more about the Domestic Turquoise Mines. Note that most rough turquoise has been spritzed with water to show look when polished.

Also, don't miss our cabochons and beads, ready to set or string, finished turquoise jewelry and rare specimens for your collection!
Arizona Blue

Arizona Blue

Nice large chunks of soft blues. Pieces up to 200 grams. Excellent for carving, cabbing or inlay.
Arizona Blue $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Australian Variscite

Australian Variscite

Greens with gold matrix. Can make very large cabs.
Australian Variscite $2.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Bisbee Blue A Grade

Bisbee Blue A Grade

This is Classic Bisbee. Blue to Blue Geen with Red Matrix.
Bisbee Blue A Grade $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Bisbee Blue B Grade

Bisbee Blue B Grade

A bit more matrix than the A Grade but always a blue window.
Bisbee Blue B Grade $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Bisbee Blue C Grade

Bisbee Blue C Grade

Bisbee Blue C Grade $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Blue Gem

Blue Gem

Beautiful flat vein slabs of clear blue turquoise from a classic and historic mine that will never produce again.
Blue Gem $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Broken Arrow Variscite

Broken Arrow Variscite

Dark Emerald Green. Often translucent. Large enough for cabs or inlay. This is a rare material and the claim is currently covered and not being mined.
Broken Arrow Variscite $6.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Candelaria Spiderweb Calcacidrite

Candelaria Spiderweb Calcacidrite

This material runs from beige to yellow with black veined spiderweb. It is large enough to cut nice sized cabs or even for carving.
Candelaria Spiderweb Calcacidrite $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Carico Lake I,  Lime Green

Carico Lake I, Lime Green

This is that rare lime material often w/webbing. This color does not come in huge pieces; basically, thumbnail sized nuggets.
Carico Lake Lime Green $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Carico Lake II, Select Blue

Carico Lake II, Select Blue

From a clear blue to a blue with fine webbing. Darker in color than the mixed blue Carico. Excellent for either cabbing or inlay.
Carico Lake Select Blue $18.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Carico Lake III, Select Green

Carico Lake III, Select Green

Runs from a very soft lime green to darker shades. Usually pretty clean with little to no matrix. Comes in nice sized pieces and is good for either cabbing, inlay or carving.
Carico Lake Select Green $15.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Carico Lake IV, Mixed Blues

Carico Lake IV, Mixed Blues

These are nice sized pieces, suitable for cabbing or inlay. Color is a nice soft blue, often with light matrix webbing
Carico Lake Mixed Blues $12.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Carico Lake V, Nugget

Carico Lake V, Nugget

These small green and blue nuggets are mostly a soft pastel color. Excellent for drilling or inlay.
Carico Lake Nugget $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Carico Lake VI, Mixed Colors CA 1970's

Carico Lake VI, Mixed Colors CA 1970's

A true mine run, with colors ranging rom limes green to dark green to medium blues. Excellent for cabbing or inlay.
Carico Lake Mixed Greens $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Crescent Valley Blue Goose

Crescent Valley Blue Goose

Crescent Valley Blue Goose $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Crescent Valley N - Montezuma

Crescent Valley N - Montezuma

Another one of those small claims in the Crescent Valley area. This one is a soft blue and is nice and hard. Good for smaller cabs and great for inlay.
Crescent Valley N - Montezuma $8.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek

From the Classic Colorado Mine. Blue green color is good for inlay or cabs.
Cripple Creek $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Damale A Grade

Damale A Grade

This is that rare botroidal lime green Nugget material, with strong color and usually black webbing
Damale 1 $25.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Damale B grade

Damale B grade

This is that rare botroidal lime green Nugget material with more matrix than the high grade. Always a good window.
Damale A $12.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Damale C grade

Damale C grade

This is that rare botroidal lime green Nugget material with softer color plus more matrix. Always a good window.
Damale 3 $6.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Evans High Grade

Evans High Grade

This is Higrade from the Extinct Mine in Baja, California. Plates of soft blue green turquoise is good for cabs or inlay.
Evans $8.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Evans Cabbing Rough

Evans Cabbing Rough

This is a nice chunky material from an extinct mine in Baja, California. It is great for cabbing. No disappointments,
Evans Cabbing Rough $3.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Fox Nugget

Fox Nugget

Blue Green. Very high grade. Good for drilled nuggets, inlay or small cabs.
Fox Nugget blue/green $6.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Fox Teal Blue

Fox Teal Blue

Unique Teal Color. Small, but very hard and solid pieces. Great for inlay.
Fox Teal Blue $7.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Fox Chunks and Veins

Fox Chunks and Veins

Classic blue to blue green. Great for cabs.
Fox $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Gold Canyon

Gold Canyon

This unusual and rare natural turquoise is from Senora, Mexico. It is watermarked and contains pyrite. These are large pieces perfect for cabs or carving.
Gold Canyon $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Hubei China Mountain  Fine Blue Spiderweb

Hubei China Mountain Fine Blue Spiderweb

Turquoise does not get better than this. Blue with very fine spiderweb veins. there are small nuggets of dark blue that are excellent for inlay or cabs. There are also larger pieces that tend toward a blue-green, but still with that fine spider web, that could be very good for carving.
Hubei China Mountain I Fine Blue Spiderweb $25.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Hubei China Mountain Green Spiderweb

Hubei China Mountain Green Spiderweb

Turquoise does not get better than this! Tends more to the greens than blues. Large pieces with wider and longer spider web veins than the more expensive version. Excellent for inlay, cabs or carving.
Hubei Blue Green Spider Web II $7.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Old 1970's Turquoise Mountain

Kingman Old 1970's Turquoise Mountain

This material chunky and the quantity is very limited. It is all spider web material, some with black matrix; some with gold matrix; some with watermark matrix. It tends to have some pithiness around the edges but is very sold in the center. It is expensive; but, as beautiful as American turquoise gets.
Kingman Old 1970's Turquoise Mountain $15.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman, Old Man Mine, Cut Pieces CA 1980's

Kingman, Old Man Mine, Cut Pieces CA 1980's

Nice pre-cut pieces, from the late 1970's to early 1980's. This material that an old cutter prepared, but never got around to cabbing. Excellent for inlay or cabs. No waste; just good material ready to use.
Old Man 1 $6.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Birdseye Slabs ca. 1970's

Kingman Birdseye Slabs ca. 1970's

his material is also from the mid to late 1970's. The cutter prepared it for cabbing, but never got around to it. Good clean material, ready for cabbing or inlay.
Kingman Birdseye Slabs Pre slabbed for easy work. Fine water marked Spiderwebs. Good for inlay or cabs. $6.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Duval

Kingman Duval

A very nice soft blue to blue green. Mined in the 1970's. Good for cabbing or inlay.
Kingman Duval $4.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Turquoise Mountain Stabilized Super High Grade Spider Web

Kingman Turquoise Mountain Stabilized Super High Grade Spider Web

This is an amazing high grade with both watermark and spider web. Dark blue stabilized of the more expensive 1970's Kingman Turquoise Mountain material. Large pieces that are easy to work with.
Kingman Stabelized Super High Grade Spider Web $8.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Stabilized 1970s Spiderweb Slabs

Kingman Stabilized 1970s Spiderweb Slabs

These are thin slabs perfect for inlay or backing for cabbing.
Kingman Stabilized 1970s Spider web Slabs $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman, Stabilized Clear Blue

Kingman, Stabilized Clear Blue

This clear material is pure blue with no matrix. Consists of small nuggets roughly 3/4-1 inch in diameter Excellent for inlay. It has been hardened but has no color added.
Clear Blue Stabilized Turquoise $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Stabilized Blue to Blue Green with Light Matrix

Kingman Stabilized Blue to Blue Green with Light Matrix

This material has more regular matrix patterns than the stabilized blue to blue green with light matrix. It suitable for higher grade carvings or cabochons. Runs from blue to a blue green.
ue to Blue Green with Light Matrix $2.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Kingman Stabilized Blue to Blue Green with Heavy Matrix

Kingman Stabilized Blue to Blue Green with Heavy Matrix

Best suited for a beginner or hobbyist, learning to carve, cab or inlay. Tends from blue to a blue green, usually with a heavier matrix and is available in larger chunks
Kingman Stabilized Blue to Blue Green with Heavy Matrix $1.50  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Maanshan, Emerald Valley Blue

Maanshan, Emerald Valley Blue

Both vein and chunk material. Beautiful blue with red matrix. Large enough for cabs and solid enough for inlay. The color and matrix is reminiscent of Bisbee and could easily be mistaken for Bisbee.
Maanshan, Emerald Valley Blue $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Maanshan Emerald Valley Green

Maanshan Emerald Valley Green

Both vein and chunk material. Beautiful green with red matrix. Solid enough for inlay and large enough for cabochons or even carving..
Maanshaw Emerald Valley $7.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci I

Morenci I

A very nice medium blue from the 1970's good for inlay or cabs.
Morenci 1970's $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci II

Morenci II

A very nice medium blue from the 1970's.Similar to Morenci I; but, somewhat larger nuggets. Excellent for inlay or cabochons.
Morenci 1970's $12.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci III

Morenci III

This Morenci comes the collection of the family of the "Demolitions Man" at Morenci during the 1950's and 1960's. The material has a nice watermark matrix and often some spider webbing. The color is a nice dark blue.
Morenci - 1950s $15.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Morenci IV

Morenci IV

This 1950's collection of Morenci is the highest grade of all. Color runs from dark blue to blue green, and most pieces contain the classic pyrite look. This is also the hardest of all the Morenci, probably upward of 6 on the mohs scale. Pieces are nice flats, suitable for inlay or cabs.
Morenci Mine 1950's $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Nevada Green Variscite

Nevada Green Variscite

A nice grass green color. Very solid and good for inlay or cabochons.
Nevada Green Variscite $3.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Northern Lights

Northern Lights

High Grade Chartruese. This color is very rare and comes from Rodney Dwyar's old claim in Nevada. Nice flats; good for either inlay or cabochons.
Northern Lights $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Number 8 Mine - I Mixed Blues

Number 8 Mine - I Mixed Blues

Classic Blue Number 8 Mine; some clear and some with gold matrix. Good for cabochons or inlay.
Number 8 Mine I Mixed Blues $15.  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Number 8 Mine -II Mixed Blue Greens with Brown Spiderweb

Number 8 Mine -II Mixed Blue Greens with Brown Spiderweb

The color tends from blue to blue-green. The Brown Spider webbing makes this perfect for Cabs.
Number 8 Mine -II Mixed Blue Greens with Brown Spiderweb $12.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Number 8 Mine III, Mine Run

Number 8 Mine III, Mine Run

This a mix of classic Number 8 mine turquoise. There are blues, greens and blue-greens. Sometimes clear,but usually with a gold matrix. Ideal for cabochons.
Number 8 Mine Run $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Number 8 Mine IV, Stabilized

Number 8 Mine IV, Stabilized

Although lightly hardened, this are very nice nuggets for cabbing. Color is a blue-green with that classic brown webbing
Number 8 Mine III Stabilized $2  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Number 8 Mine V, Sand

Number 8 Mine V, Sand

A nice green sand. Excellent to filling wood work or other craft purposes.
Number 8 Mine IV, Sand $1  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain

This is classic Nevada Turquoise. Nice flats in a aqua blue green color. Excellent for cabochons.
Pilot Mountain $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Royston

Royston

One of the few mines in America still in operation. Colors run from blues to greens and often have both colors in the same stone.
Royston $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Royston Small

Royston Small

While not too large, this Royston is of superior quality. It has all the right characteristics: very hard and great color, ranging from dark blues to blue-greens to dark green. Perfect for inlay or small cabochons.
Royston Small $12.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Small

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Small

Each piece is under 3 grams.
This clear blue material was mined in the 1970's, when we all thought this material would be available forever. The mine ran out of turquoise and is now closed, making this material rare and in high demand.
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Small $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Medium

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Medium

Each piece is 3-7 grams. This clear blue material was mined in the 1970's, when we all thought this material would be available forever. The mine ran out of turquoise and is now closed, making this material rare and in high demand.
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Medium $15.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Large

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Large

Each piece is 7-11 grams.
This clear blue material was mined in the 1970's, when we all thought this material would be available forever. The mine ran out of turquoise + is now closed, making this material rare and in high demand.
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Large $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Large

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Large

Each piece is 12-17 grams. This clear blue material was mined in the 1970's, when we all thought this material would be available forever. The mine ran out of turquoise + is now closed, making this material rare and in high demand.
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Large $25.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Extra Large

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Extra Large

Each piece 18-22 grams.
This clear blue material was mined in the 1970's, when we all thought this material would be available forever. The mine ran out of turquoise + is now closed, making this material rare and in high demand.
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Extra Large $30.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Extra Extra Large

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Extra Extra Large

Each piece 23-27 grams.
These are huge pieces mined in the 1970's. Very large pieces in a soft blue color.
Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Extra Extra Extra Large $35.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty, B-Grade, Tumbled

Sleeping Beauty, B-Grade, Tumbled

This clear blue material was mined in the 1970's, when we all thought this material would be available forever. The mine ran out of turquoise and is now closed, making this material rare and in high demand. This is a B grade tumbled material, meaning they are dime to nickel sized nuggets in a soft blue, perfect as pocket pieces.
Sleeping Beauty, B-Grade, Tumbled $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty Enhanced

Sleeping Beauty Enhanced

This material was enhanced in the 1970's. There are no chemicals added, as the process is electro-magnetic. Color is an outstanding dark blue and is very hard.
Sleeping Beauty Enhanced $20.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Sleeping Beauty Rough Sand

Sleeping Beauty Rough Sand

Perfect for wood work, filler or craft work.
Sleeping Beauty Rough Sand $1.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Stenich

Stenich

This mine had not produced turquoise in many years, and probably never will again. It has be re-purposed as a gold mine and all traces of turquoise are covered. This is one of the few opportunities to own some of this classic lime green to blue material.
Stinch $10.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Turquoise Nuggets, Stabilized Blue

Turquoise Nuggets, Stabilized Blue

This material was mined in the 1970's. Just nice blue nuggets, ideal for display or drilling.
Turquoise Nuggets, Stabilized Blue $2.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Turquoise Sand, Mixed Variety Polished

Turquoise Sand, Mixed Variety Polished

Just nice small tumble polished turquoise sand
Turquoise Sand, Mixed Variety Polished 20 gram minimum $2.50  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Utah Green Variscite

Utah Green Variscite

This is the highest grade of this material. Nice pieces of a clear pastel green. Great for carving or cutting cabochons.
Utah Green Variscite $2.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams

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