White Buffalo Turquoise Jewelry
White Buffalo, although technically not turquoise, is often called White Buffalo Turquoise due to its discovery in a turquoise mine. Also, its formation by the same mineralization process as “regular” turquoise (White Buffalo lacks the presence of heavy metals like copper, iron, or zinc, which add the “turquoise colors” in the blue-green-yellow spectrum). White Buffalo Turquoise, sometimes called Sacred Buffalo Turquoise, is very rare and coveted for its distinct qualities, so it has become increasingly popular in recent years in Southwestern and Native American jewelry.
White Buffalo Turquoise, so named by the Native Americans in the area of its discovery because it “is as rare as a white buffalo,” has been discovered only in one mine worldwide. This unique mineral vein was discovered in the Dry Creek Mine on the Shoshone Indian Reservation near Battle Mountain, Nevada in 1993. With only the single White Buffalo Turquoise vein known in existence, and a very limited quantity remaining to be mined, White Buffalo Turquoise is quite rare and valuable. In recent years White Buffalo Turquoise jewelry has become very popular due to its uniqueness, extreme rarity, and affinity to the sacred white buffalo.