As a turquoise miner and friend of Bob Brucia's, I must say that all
of the above is both truthful and valuable. And I am happy to add
that Natural Nevada Turquoise is not a totally elusive thing. I
myself have been involved with the Stone Mountain Mine since I was a
boy, And we have been lucky enough to find a lot of hard, fine grade
Natural Nevada Turquoise. We have always been crucial on keeping our
stones "untainted" and in thier natural form. Naturally we met up
with Bob Brucia a few years ago.Our material can be found on the open
market at http://www.nevadacassidys.com. Right now it is mainly older
stock and we are running a sale. Anyhow to get back on point,
I believe that most of the mines that are producing good material
today are generally "small" deposits. Especially in Nevada. This, in
a sense has driven a climate where not too many well-funded
individuals are producing good amounts of rough natural turquoise.
Thus no one is marketing their heads off to show everyone where the
stuff can be bought. Natural Nevada Turquoise is not as scarce as it
may seem, however and is still being produced today! To name a few
deposits, Yerington area(includes Stone Mountain)...
Lander/Eureka Counties still have a lot of turquoise that is still
claimed and periodically mined, new claims are still popping up. The
Apache turquoise mine is producing these days, based out of Austin.
And just down the way there is another few deposits, Damale(Godber,
drycreek area). I have heard of varscite still being found, and
knowing the nature of it, turquoise will still be found somewhere in
that same zone in the future.
The Candelaria/Pilot Mtn area still has turquoise, I am not certain
if these newer deposits have anything to do with the previous ones. I
think many of them may be slightly off the old digs on undug ground.
It is a large area to dig on, especially with hand and pick.
Central Nevada I have heard about in the last few years, and I am
interested to see if we don't hear about new digs from these areas in
the near future as well. Carlin areas - Mina - Tonopah
I hope this helps and that all you turquoise lovers out there can
get some natural turquoise in your hands.
P.O. Drawer 528
Silver City, Nevada 89428