White Buffalo Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise History & Facts
White Buffalo, although technically not turquoise, is often called White Buffalo Turquoise due to its discovery in a turquoise mine and to its formation by the same mineralization process as “regular” turquoise (White Buffalo lacks the presence of heavy metals 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, and 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.
White Buffalo Turquoise in the News
White buffalo turquoise is not actually turquoise, but is commonly lumped into the turquoise family since it was discovered in a turquoise mine and undergoes a very similar mineralization process as “regular turquoise.” It’s so named as it is “as rare as a white buffalo” and is increasingly used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry, and is widely considered as part of the turquoise jewelry family. This beautiful white buffalo turquoise pendant is brought to us by www.SilverTribe.com and is our Pic of the Day.
November 25, 2011 No CommentsTagged in Turquoise Belt Buckles and Bands