Have You Heard of White Buffalo Turquoise?!

By now admirers of Native American and Southwest jewelry know two things: that turquoise is named for the mine from which it comes, and that turquoise comes in many shades of blues and greens. Some heavily and beautifully matrixed, some solid color alone. Everyone can find a turquoise they love! And now, white turquoise has taken its place alongside all those exciting shades of color, adding a stark beauty all its own.

With the increased popularity of white turquoise you will find that there are a lot of "pretenders" out there. Howlite, with its grey matrix or even white magnesite with an ink-dye matrix (!).

At Turquoise Tortoise we currently have a wealth of white turquoise jewelry to offer. All authentically Navajo and all real white turquoise - white turquoise that has been mined directly, and solely, from the White Buffalo mine in Tonopah, Nevada. Necklaces, pendants, earrings, cuffs and rings - for women and men.

Turquoise of any coloration is a relatively soft mineral and it is only the finest quality "stone" that top jewelers use in an all-natural state. This applies even more so to white turquoise. The White Buffalo turquoise you find at Turquoise Tortoise is all-natural and non-stabilized thereby retaining all the beauty and nuance of the natural stone.

The matrix within the White Buffalo turquoise is chert, a hard, fine-grained composition of quartz (silica) that are microcrystalline or even cryptocrystalline and can range from subtle strokes of pale coloration to the irregular threads more usually associated with turquoise matrix, to large areas of dark, near-black contrast. The varieties of pattern are extraordinary.

While the White Buffalo mine was active quite awhile ago with copper mining and the mining of blue turquoise, it became active again roughly 15 years ago with the mining of white turquoise, an endeavor that has increased in the last five years as White Buffalo turquoise has seen its popularity intensify.

We invite you to explore all the beauty of White Buffalo turquoise for yourself. See you soon!

[Note: The few pieces of White Buffalo turquoise that are individually on our site have sold out - our full collection will be individually added soon! This photo (that doesn’t even show all that we have) is your special preview! Feel free to contact the gallery directly with your interest.]

Thomas Nagel