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Rough Turquoise and 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. 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!

Please contact us for quantity prices on any of the materials listed below. For items sold by the ounce or gram, please change the quantity you would like to receive in the shopping cart, also please note due to the nature of the material there is a 5 gram minimum order.

Domestic Turquoise Varieties

Bisbee Blue Rough Turquoise

Bisbee Blue

“Bisbee Blue” is a name that originates from the Bisbee Mine, near Bisbee, Arizona, in Cochise County, USA. The term refers to the turquoise that comes from copper mines in this region. Turquoise from Bisbee has a reputation as a hard, finely webbed stone with high blue color, ranging from sky blue to a dark lavender blue. The matrix patterns vary a great deal, but can be characterized by the deep chocolate brown to black webbing. The hardness is 4.5 on the mohs scale.  More on Bisbee Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $10.00 gm 10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of  Bisbee turquoise avalilable for up to $25.00 gm

Blue Gem

Blue Gem turquoise is a rare, valuable and historic American treasure. Quality Blue Gem Turquoise has been gifted with a wide range and variety of color, from a beautiful sky blue to an aqua blue-green, not unlike parts of the Mediterranean Sea. Because Blue Gem turquoise is very hard, a high polish is associated with this stone, and unlike most turquoise, it won't easily change color. This turquoise has a unique character and many different looks all of which are striking, full of wonder and pleasing to the eye.  More on Blue Gem Turquoise

Add to cart  $10.00 gm 10 gram minimum order


 

Carico Lake Mixed Greens

Carico Lake turquoise is named after the location of its mine, located on a dried up lake bed in a high, cool area of Lander County, Nevada. It’s clear, iridescent, spring green color is due to its zinc content and is highly unique and collectible.  Carico Lake turquoise is also found in a dark blue as well as a blue-green color with black, spider web matrix. The Carico Lake mine is primarily a gold producing mine. However, from time to time, the mining company leases the turquoise producing part of the mine to individual miners who are permitted to work that part. The limited amount of time allowed to mine Carico Lake turquoise and the limited amount of turquoise yielded, combine to make Carico Lake turquoise a valuable addition to one's collection.  More on Carico Lake Turquoise

Other qualities available on request.  Best grade runs $40 per gram.

Add to Cart:  $8.00 gm 10 gram minimum order


Carico Lake  Select

AAA Grade

Add To Cart $15.00 gm 10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of  Carico Select turquoise avalilable for up to $40.00 per gram upon request.

Crescent Valley

Add To Cart: $3.00 gm 10 gram minimum

Cripple Creek Rough Turquoise

Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek turquoise comes from the Cripple Creek mining area, located in Teller County Colorado, near the town of Cripple Creek. This is a very hard stone with colour range from light and dark blues with brown matrix, and more rarely a golden limonite matrix to blue-green. Hardness can be up to 6 mohs. The best use over all is for inlay and cabbing, although the medium quality is often a little pithy or porous, the result of which does not become visible until the end of the polishing process. This turquoise, like Carico Lake turquoise, is found as a by product of gold mining. This stone is found as both vein material and nodules.  More on Cripple Creek Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $3.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Damale Turquoise

The Damale mine is extraordinarily versatile, it’s colors ranging from pure lime-green through bright chartreuse; it can also be yellow with black webbing, or white, orange and brown, or even a caramel color with bright green polka dots. The mine also produces small black nuggets with bright yellow-green bumps poking out of the black matrix. Its availability is extremely limited because the mine is small and difficult to work. Due both to its limited quantity as well as its rare color and quality, turquoise from the Damale mine is an exceedingly collectible.  More on Damale Turquoise

Add to Cart: $5.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of Damale turquoise avalilable for up to $40.00 gm , please inquire for more info.

 

Evans Mine Rough Turquoise

Evans

Origin is Baja California, Mexico.  Colour range is sky blues.  Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing and carving.

Add to Cart:  $4.00 gm  10 gram minimum

Kingman Duval Rough Turquoise

Kingman Duval

Kingman Turquoise originates in the Mineral Park Mining District near Kingman, Arizona. One of the largest domestic turquoise mines, it is found in a large open pit copper mine in the high desert country. The Kingman Mine district was first mined by Native Americans; it was part of the most extensive prehistoric workings in Arizona. However, modern production of turquoise dates back to the 1880's when James Haas rediscovered the area. Natural Kingman Turquoise ranges in color from light to very dark blue and sometimes tints of green. Matrix can range from white, light brown to black and frequently flecked with pyrite and occasionally quartz. The most famous stones from this mine are rounded bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Few turquoise mines produced nuggets, especially of this quality. In its high-grade form it has always been considered among the top quality American turquoise. This high blue color has become a “color standard” in the industry, reflected by the name “Kingman Blue”.  More on Kingman Turquoise

Add to cart $3.00 gm 10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of Kingman available up to  $15 gram


Morenci Mine Rough Turquoise

Morenci Mine

Morenci Turquoise is mined in southeastern Arizona, in Greenlee County. It is light blue to high blue in color. Morenci has an unusual matrix of irregular black pyrite, or fool’s gold; when polished, the pyrite often looks like silver. It also is sometimes webbed in a darker shade of blue, called water webbed. Morenci turquoise is well known because it was one of the first American turquoises to come on the modern market, and is often difficult to obtain because the mine is now depleted, making it an exceedingly collectible turquoise. More on Morenci Turquoise

Add To Cart  $10.00 gm   10 gram minimum order

Higher qualities of Morenci turquoise avalilable for up to $15.00 gm

Old Fox Mine Rought TUrquoise

Fox

The origin of the Fox mine is near Lander County, Nevada. While indigenous people found large nuggets in this area in prehistoric times, the area was first discovered for contemporary mining purposes in the early 1900’s. In the 1940's, Dowell Ward purchased & developed the old Cortez claims. Turquoise from this mine comes under several different names including Fox, White Horse, Green Tree and Smith, to differentiate the different deposits and colors and to create a larger perceived share of the turquoise market. Color range is from a soft sky blues, sometimes with a subtle water-marked matrix, to blue-green to green. Hardness is 4.5.  More on Fox Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $4.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Pilot Mountain Rough Turquoise

Pilot Mountain

The Pilot Mountain mine is located in northern Nevada. It is still producing and is worked by one family. The stone is highly admired for its deep blue-green colors. In addition, it can show light blue to dark green colors on the same stone. This graduation in color is unusual and makes the turquoise very collectible. The matrix is black to golden brown. Although sometimes a little porous, or pithy, Pilot Mountain is a hard stone and takes a good polish.  More on Pilot Mountain Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $3.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Royston Rough Turquoise

Royston

Royston is a district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.  More on Royston Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $10.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of Royston turquoise avalilable for up to $15.00 gm

Sleeping beauty Rough Turquoise A-Grade Small

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade, Small

The Sleeping Beauty mine located in Globe, Arizona is an active mine producing a wide range of turquoise that is highly prized for it's solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last four decades it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.  More on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $3.00 gm   pieces under 3 grams each.  10 gram minimum order

Sleeping Beauty Rough Turquoise A-Grade medium

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade Meduim

The Sleeping Beauty mine located in Globe, Arizona is an active mine producing a wide range of turquoise that is highly prized for it's solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last four decades it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.  More on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $4.00 gm  3-7 grams each piece. 10 gram minimum order

Sleeping Beauty Rough Turquoise A-Grade large

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade Large

The Sleeping Beauty mine located in Globe, Arizona is an active mine producing a wide range of turquoise that is highly prized for it's solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last four decades it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.  More on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $6.00 gm  8-12 grams each piece. 15 gram minimum order


Sleeping Beauty Rough Turquoise A-Grade Extra Large

Sleeping Beauty, A-Grade Extra-Large

The Sleeping Beauty mine located in Globe, Arizona is an active mine producing a wide range of turquoise that is highly prized for it's solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last four decades it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.  More on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Add to Cart:  $8.00 gm   13-17 grams each piece. 20 gram minimum order

Sleeping Beauty Rough Turquoise B-Grade Tumbled

Sleeping Beauty, B-Grade, Tumbled

The Sleeping Beauty mine located in Globe, Arizona is an active mine producing a wide range of turquoise that is highly prized for it's solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last four decades it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.  More on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Add to cart $2.00 gm   15 gram minimum

Mixed Blue and Green Turquoise Stablized

Stabilized. Mixed Green and Blue

Origin is United States.  Colour range is blues and blue-greens.  Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing, and carving.

Add to Cart:  $20.00 oz . 1 oz. minimum order

Mixed Variety Turquoise Sand

Turquoise Sand, Mixed Variety

Various origins.  Clolour range is sky blues and blue-greens with occasional bits of coral, sugilite, charoite, hematite and other gemstones.  Finish is tumbled.  Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, bead-making, fountains, aquariums and in display cases.

Add to Cart:  $1.50 gm   10 gram minimum

Asian Turquoise Varieties

Chinese Spiderweb Blue Rough Turquoise

China Mountain A-Grade Blue with Extra Fine Spiderweb

Origin is Hubei Province in China.  Colour range is sky blues with black matrix.  Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing and carving.

Add to Cart:  15.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Chinese Spiderweb Green Rough Turquoise

China Mountain Spiderweb, A-Grade Blue/Green

Origin is Hubei Province in China.  Colour range is blue-green with black matrix.  Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing and carving.

Add To Cart $5.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of  Blue-Green Chinese Spiderweb turquoise avalilable for up to $15.00 gm

China Mountain Spiderweb, A-Grade Green

Origin is Hubei Province in China.  Colour range is green with black matrix.  Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing and carving.

Add To Cart: $4.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Manshaan Emerald Valley Green

Maanshan, Emerald Valley Green

Origin is China.  Colour range is greens to blue greens.   Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing and carving.

Add to Cart:  $4.00 gm   10 gram minimum

Manshaan Blue Rough Turquoise

Maanshan, Emerald Valley Blue

Origin is China.  Colour range is blue.   Hardness is 4.5 mohs with best uses in inlay, cabbing and carving.

Add to Cart:  $5.00 gm  10 gram minimum

Domestic Variscite Varieties

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.

Candelaria Spiderweb Variscite

This Variscite from Nevada, USA has colour in a range of greens and sometimes yellows, generally with distinct spiderwebbing.  It has a Mohs hardness of 5-6 and is a great material for carving or cabbing, bead making and inlay.

Add To Cart  $5.00 gm  10 gram minimum

Higher qualities of  Candelaria Spiderweb Variscite avalilable for up to $6.00 gm

Damali Mine Variscite

This Variscite from Utah, USA has colour in various shades of greens from lime to kahki and usually forms in botryoidal nuggets.  It had a Mohs hardness of 6 and is a great material for carving or cabbing, and inlay due to its hardness.

10 gram minimum

A Grade  $12.00 gm Add to cart

B Grade  $7.00 gm Add To Cart

C Grade  $4.00 gm Add to cart

Nevada Green Variscite

This Variscite from Nevada, USA has colour in a range of greens from light green to deep rich dark green.  It has a Mohs hardness of 4 and is a great material for cabbing, inlay or bead-making.

$2.00 gm  Add To Cart   10 gram minimum

Utah Green Variscite

This Variscite from Utah, USA has colour in a range of greens. It has a Mohs hardness of  5 and is a great material for cabbing, inlay or bead-making.

$1.50 gm Add To Cart   10 gram minimum

Australian Variscite

$2.00 gm  Add to cart  10 gram minimum

           
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