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The Candelaria Hills in Southwest Nevada are home to dozens of turquoise mines, large and small. The turquoise comes from the silver mine owned by the Silver Standard Company and is only mined sporadically. This is because the area has been mostly exploited for the silver and gold which made the area famous since the mid-1800s.

Native American Sterling Silver Candelaria Turquoise Pendant, $200, pueblodirect.com.

The turquoise produced here can rival some of the best in the world. Most often the stones range from deep electric blue to medium greens with black, red, and brown matrix.

Candelaria Turquoise Ring, $3,600, durangosilver.com.

The best grade stones feature a dark blue color with red webbing. Hence the name Candelaria, meaning, “candle maker”. It’s very rare and highly sought after by collectors.

Candelaria Turquoise Hat Pin, $190, garlandsjewelry.com.

This turquoise is very valuable because the mine has been closed for many years. It is not certain if any stones will come from the mine again.

Candelaria Turquoise Pendant, $219, treasuresofthesouthwest.com.

Check out Morenci turquoise too! It is also very rare these days.