Authentic White Turquoise generally comes from Arizona and Nevada, USA. Although it is called White Turquoise, there is a slight tint of blue or green color from the minerals in the rock that actually make the material test as authentic Turquoise. For example, Sacred Buffalo (Dry Creek Turquoise) has a very slight tint of clear blue, Tortoise has a slight tint of green and so on.
The fact is, many Turquoise Mines in the U.S. have light to white turquoise material that will test as Turquoise (or to have the elements of Turquoise), however, it is so soft it has the hardness of chalk, nearly "1" on the Mohs Scale. For this reason, it is not hard enough to cut and polish into White Turquoise cabochons that are suitable for use in quality Jewelry.
It is possible to enhance or stabilize this material to bring it to the hardness needed to make it a viable material suitable for quality Jewelry. The problem is that more often then not, processing this type of material brings out the color in the stone, and it is no longer "White Turquoise". So, the Stabilized Turquoise is no longer white, it becomes deeper blue or green when enhanced.
The demand for White Turquoise has come to be fairly recently. Turquoise Miners of the past hunted for deep rich blues and greens in Turquoise and did not give white or light colored material any consideration. There could be a considerable amount of what we now consider White Turquoise in Arizona and Nevada that is hard, beautiful and of high quality, time will tell. There is now a market for it and minors will not discard it in the future! Most of this "White Turquoise" is actually one of two substances called Howlite and Magnasite. The rare White Turquoise Jewelry is made with actual White Turquoise from the Dry Creek or Sacred Buffalo mine, the Tortoise Turquoise mine, or the Peacock Turquoise mine. On rare occasion White Turquoise jewelry is made with Chalcociderite (a sister mineral to Turquoise) from the Badger Mine, New Landers Mine, Tortoise Mine, Peacock Mine, Prince Mine, Colorback Mine or one of the other Chalcociderite producing Turquoise mines in Nevada, USA.
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