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Lander Blue Mine

In 1973, Rita Hapgood, her sister Marilynn, and their two sons went on a turquoise hunt and picnic adventure in Nevada. Along a hillside near Indian Creek, Rita’s son picked up a few mostly black rocks that had small nodules of blue showing. The original name of this claim was given in honor of Rita’s mother, Mary Louise. Rita sold the claim to Hank Dorian and Marvin Syme, who partnered with Bob Johnson to mine a small amount of this turquoise in 1974. Because of the marketing and fame of this mine’s name, many similar-looking turquoises such as those from Indian Mountain or YunGaiSi in China have been sold as Lander Blue.

9 Responses

  1. Richard LaRue


    Hi, I was wondering what exactly these stones are. My parents bought alot of torquoise pawn jewerly in San Juan Capistrano, CA in the 60’s and 70’s.
    Thanks for any help, Dick

    April 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  2. Ange Homan

    I have a bracelet that looks exactly like this stone. How can I check to see if it is Lander Blue?

    May 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  3. davonna

    Richard and Ange,
    We have an evaluation are in our gallery on our website. Check the details there for pricing.

    May 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  4. Cathy Boyle

    Just wondering if I have a piece of Lander Blue turquoise. I purchased it from a Lady who had a large collection of which much of the pieces were marked 1972-1976.. This piece is huge and looks like the pictures?
    Thanks Cathy

    January 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  5. Nancy ONeal

    I was in your wonderful museum this past December with the Heard museum tour.
    I purchased “Turquoise Unearthed” at that time and had it autographed. When I returned I found I already had a copy which I had purchased on a trip with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Society on a tour they conducted, the subject was Turquoise. The owner of Silver Sun in Santa Fe gave your book quite a compliment stating that the photography was so exact that you could lay your turquoise piece next to any photograph to identify it.
    So what’s my question? the Lander Blue pictured above seems to be a much lighter blue than the Lander Blue jewelry photographed in your book. Can Lander Blue turquoise run from lighter to darker shades of blue?
    I know I will never be able to see Lander Blue up close but it is a fascinating story on how it was discovered, and its short existence as a mine.
    Thank you,

    February 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    • davonna

      Lander Blue came in low grade to high grade color and matrix. The main reason for the difference in the book and the website is the calibration of colors depending on the type of monitor you have.

      April 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  6. betty

    Hi, living in CA, where would be the best place to have my turquoise jewelery evaluated? Thank you very much. – Betty

    April 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • davonna

      We have evaluations available through our website. What part of California are you in?

      April 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

  7. Tracy Pate

    My mother gave me a beautiful necklace that is signed by Joseph White Fox. It has many pieces of Lander Blue turquoise. It has strings of silver beads and has a large shape horse shoe shape pendent with turquoise on top. I’m looking for white fox or value on this piece? Thank you, Tracy Pate

    May 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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