Lone Mountain Turquoise
The color of Lone Mountain turquoise ranges across the blue spectrum, from light cream blue to a deep, dark blue. The highest grade of Lone Mountain turquoise is the dark blue with black spiderweb matrix, and is sometimes confused with Lander Blue. Navajo artist Aaron Anderson counts this turquoise as one of his favorite to use. Lone Mountain turquoise ranks higher than most other turquoise on the hardness scale, which may explain one of the unique qualities of these stones.
Lone Mountain Turquoise Mine
The Lone Mountain Turquoise mine is located a short distance outside of Tonopah, Nevada. Lone Mountain has been a prolific producer of quality American turquoise since the mine opened in the 1920’s. Lone Mountain turquoise was used in much of the Native American jewelry made during the 1930’s – 1940’s. However, early mining in the claim was unorganized, haphazard and led to unsafe conditions, including unstable tunnels. The modern mine owners have collapsed those tunnels and returned Lone Mountain mine to a safe, environmentally friendly mining operation.
Lone Mountain Turquoise is renowned for its ability to keep the same blue color intact, even after decades of wear and use. Turquoise will naturally absorb oils from hands and hair, which over the years will slowly change the stone’s color. Usually, this will take a blue stone to a light green color. Lone Mountain turquoise, even those stones mined during the early 20th century, still shine a brilliant blue.