Let's Talk Turquoise

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.

3 Responses

  1. Reenie Hollen

    How do I determine the value of blue diamond turquoise?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    • davonna

      Blue Diamond like any other turquoise mine is categorized by depth of color and distribution of matrix. The best BD had a deep color with a chert (black) matrix that was evenly placed within a cabochon. BD wasn’t known for spiderweb but for the chert matrix.

      May 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  2. Gibby

    I like your site! I chuckled seeing folks I know at the book premier night. Next time I make it to Albuquerque I will definitely come see you folks. Beautiful photos too. I think I need to pick up this book. Phillip C. told me about it when it first came out.

    June 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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