Turquoise Mines

Silver Sun uses only the finest turquoise available today.

We draw upon a variety of mines still operating, and some that have closed, using the precious remaining quantities still available in today’s market.

Click on the names of the turquoise mines which link to a description of each turquoise from which Silver Sun derives it’s superb quality turquoise stone, noting both the state in which the mine is located and a brief description of the color, features and uniqueness of the stone.

Bisbee

This brilliant deep blue turquoise is one of the most expensive and rare. Bisbee has a reputation as a hard, finely webbed, strikingly brilliant blue

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Blue Diamond

The Blue Diamond mine, located in central Nevada, opened in the late 1950’s and was mined up to 1980. The stones that this mine produces,

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Blue Gem

The Blue Gem mine, which is no longer active, produced almost every shade of green and blue turquoise imaginable. The Blue Gem mine site is

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Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge also known as Orvil Jack is located in Lander County, Nevada. Orvil & Bessie Jack claimed the mine in 1956. The first Blue

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Carico Lake

Carico Lake turquoise is known for its clear, iridescent, spring green color which is due to its zinc and copper content. Carico Lake stones can

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Castle Dome

The Castle Dome turquoise mine is located about 30 miles from the Sleeping Beauty mine, near Globe, Arizona. The Castle Dome mine has not been

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Cripple Creek

Miners looking for gold also found the Cripple Creek turquoise deposits. The area yields some greenish turquoise and some light to dark blue turquoise with

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Crow Springs

Crow Springs, also known as AnnJax or Bluebird, is located near Tonopah, Nevada and 27 miles, as the crow flies, from the Royston turquoise mine.

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Fox

The Fox Turquoise mine, located near Lander County and discovered in the early 1900’s, was once Nevada’s largest producer of turquoise with some half million

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High Lonesome

In the rugged foothills of southern New Mexico in the lower Hatchet Mountain range, you will find a very rough and beautiful place full of

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Kingman

The Kingman mine in northwestern Arizona is the largest turquoise mine in the United States. Kingman blue has become a color standard in the industry.

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Kingman Gold

This is Kingman Gold- preferred Marketing Name of the Colbaughs. It is 90% Kingman and 10% bronze – The bronze is infused into the stabilized

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Ma’anshan

The Ma’anshan mine, located near Nanjing & Shanghai, is a lovely turquoise from China. This is Chinese turquoise most like American turquoise from Nevada (Royston)

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Morenci

The Morenci turquoise mine produced a turquoise that is light to bright blue in hue. This stone has an unusual matrix of irregular quartz and

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Number 8

The Number 8 turquoise mine in Carlin, Nevada was first mined in 1929. In its prime, Number 8 produced some of the largest nuggets of

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Persian

Persian turquoise came from a number of mines in modern day Iran. The stones from all mines show a great color variation. Many mines were

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Pilot Mountain

The Pilot Mountain mine is located in western Nevada, east of the small town of Mina. As with most turquoise mines, this mine opened as

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Royston

Royston is a turquoise mine located within the Royston District near Tonepah, Nevada. The Royston District consists of several mines including Royston, Royal Blue, Oscar

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Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty mine is seven miles outside Globe, AZ. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is noted for its solid, light blue color with no matrix. The

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Turquoise Mountain

In the 1960’s, there were two peaks about miles apart located near the Kingman mountain, which yielded fine turquoise: Ithaca Peak (see Kingman) and Turquoise

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