Royston Turquoise is recognized for its dominantly green to lighter blue color range. Many stones display a combination of its darker and lighter green colors in a layered pattern. The matrix is usually a dark brown but can get lighter into the yellow or golden range. The dark greens contrast will with the gold matrix, and the lighter blues with the dark brown matrix. The deeper and darker color variations are highly desired and can very valuable. Not many other mines can mimic the look of Royston, however sometimes Chinese turquoise stones can have a similar color. A few of the lighter green turquoise from the Royston mine, that display little matrix, can sometimes approach the look of Cheyenne turquoise.
Native American artists like to use Royston turquoise in their jewelry as it is high quality and mined locally. The distinctive green color gives great contrast with other stones used in jewelry such as red coral, orange spiny oyster and even other shades of turquoise. It is usually common to find the more established artists using Royston turquoise, as it can be more expensive than turquoise from other active mines.
Royston Turquoise Mine
The Royston Turquoise Mine produces a good quantity of high quality turquoise stones. It is one of the few remaining American active mines. The Royston Turquoise Mine is located in southwestern Nevada in the Royston District near the city of Tonapah. Originally a tunnel mine, it was discovered in 1902 by Lee F. Hand. It originally consisted of four claims; Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend and Royal Blue. The mine is one of the oldest and longest active in Nevada. Acquired by Lynn Otteson in 1958, it is now small operation open pit mine operated by the Otteson Family. The Otteson family mines turquoise a few times a year and does all the fine processing.