No two pieces of turquoise are exactly the same. Number Eight turquoise is one of the great American classics when it comes to geology. Coming to you all the way from Eureka County, Nevada, Number Eight turquoise can be distinguished by its vibrant green-blue hue and very dark matrix, sometimes a blood-red and often a dark golden color. You might be reminded of a very intricate spider web when you look at a Number Eight piece.
If you really want to tell this stone apart, look at the matrix. While the stone can vary from blue to green, the matrix is usually dark red, gold, or black, black being the rarest.
The History of Number Eight Turquoise
As stated above, the Number Eight Turquoise Mine is located in the Lynn Mining District in Eureka County, Nevada, which is North of Carlin. The mine was owned by Earl Buffington and Lawrence Springer in 1929. By 1950 while looking for copper, the Edgar brothers discovered some of the best spider web, over 1600 pounds of the stuff in fact.
Unfortunately, the Number Eight Mine was closed down back in 1976, when the owner set aside a stockpile of this stunning gemstone, which is only available for purchase on the market today.
Southwest jewelry Designs is very fortunate to work with artists who have access to this stunning type of turquoise and the pieces they produce live up to the hype. We are bringing this stone back to its former glory.
What makes Number Eight Turquoise Special
Like most things on the jewelry market, the rarity of this gemstone is what drives the price. The mine no longer produces turquoise, so the only way to get new pieces are from existing collections and holdings, this gem has become exclusive and we only hold a few Number Eight turquoise pieces within our collection.
Today, Number 8 turquoise, has become the rarest and most valuable variation, with Kingman being the most abundant, and therefore, most common. The history behind this stone is steeped deeply in the early days of American mining and continues to be the most sought-after pieces of jewelry in the country.
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