Mines of Spring: Blue Gem Turquoise

Growing up around the Southwest and Native American Jewelry one of the first turquoise mines I was first taught to identify and look for was Battle Mountain Blue Gem Turquoise. This mine has become a standard for which almost all turquoise can be compared. Located in Lander County, Southwest of Battle Mountain, Nevada the Blue Gem Mine was one of the larger producers of Turquoise Now, Blue Gem Turquoise is no longer mined and has become a truly rare gemstone.