Dry Creek Turquoise comes from a small Turquoise mine outside of Austin, Nevada in Lander County. This color of Turquoise was rarely used in Turquoise Jewelry before the late 1990s. The mine was first discovered during the early 1990’s by Nevada’s Shoshone Native American tribe. When it was discovered, cutters were unsure that it was actually turquoise due to its unique color, but later lab testing in 1999 confirmed it was indeed turquoise!
This stone has gained much popularity over the years with its creamy pale blue coloring and golden to cocoa brown matrix.
Most turquoise this light of a blue is chalky and is too soft to cut. That is one of the main reasons that this stone is so valuable. Dry Creek turquoise is naturally hard and takes a nice polish, so no treatment is needed.
Stones from the mine became scarce due to family disputes. Most of the quality stones on the market today were mined back in the 1990s.
Have you ever checked out Carico Lake Turquoise? If not, you should! It’s also mined in Lander County.