Lone Mtn-109-Lone Mountain turquoise earrings

$200.00

Vintage stud earrings with beautiful Lone Mountain turquoise. Difficult to find turquoise earrings with quality turquoise. These 50 year old earrings are truly one of a kind. Each earring measures 1/2″ x 1/2″ with hand made twist wire surrounding each setting. They set with a “screw back ” finding but we can convert them to a single post or dangle finding. Just request which you would like when ordering.

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Lone Mountain Turquoise
The Lone Mountain Turquoise Mine, near Tonopah, Nevada, was one of the leading producers of fine turquoise in Nevada. It was discovered by Lee Hand in 1920 and filed under the name of Blue Jay Mining Lode. At first it was called the Blue Jay Mine on Lone Mountain and later just Lone Mountain. It is presently closed.

As with most mines, it was at first a tunnel and shaft project but when Menless Winfield bought the mine it was made an open pit operation. The turquoise from this mine is mostly good to high-grade and usually in the form of nuggets although there is a quantity of vein material. A very interesting occurrence of turquoise found here is a condition where the turquoise was deposited in cavities or molds left when parts of fossil plants were dissolved out of a harder rock. The turquoise is graded into golden matrix, black matrix and spider web. At present, most of it is cut and polished or the nuggets drilled and polished at the mine, making this is a very collectible turquoise, and rarely available in rough form.

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