Blue Diamond Mine
Located northeast of Iowa Canyon in Lander County, Nevada, the largest production of these deposits was during the early 1970s. Joe Morris and his many partners used a bulldozer to uncover large quantities of small and large plate formations of turquoise that ranged in sized and included large pieces that were twelve inches long and two inches thick. These deposits had a variety of colored host rocks with the most common being a black chert, which created a swirl of matrix similar to the Stormy Mountain Mine turquoise. The colors are generally between a washed-out mixture of blue and green and a nice dark blue. The inconsistency of the heavy-laden host rocks sometimes make Blue Diamond difficult to cut, but it is great for large cabochons and especially specimen samples.