I am always asked to rank the top turquoise mines in the world. This is a thankless endeavor but important for the discussions and conclusions about turquoise’s rarity and values. The following is my ranking of the top 25 turquoise mines that I rank according to grade, supply, demand and overall rarity.
There are several other ways to decide a turquoise value, including a unique one-of-a-kind turquoise, size, its uses and everyone’s opinions. Everyone has opinions and that special piece from that special mine. What is for sale on the market might not be as good as what someone has in their collection.
Top 25 Turquoise Mines
These rankings are according to grades, supply, demand, marketing, opinion and comparison.
A. Compare the best turquoise from one mine next to the best turquoise from another mine.
B. Compare the history and provenance of each turquoise mine.
C. Compare the production of a mine to the influence it has on the overall turquoise market.
D. When looking at an individual stone from that turquoise mine: Is it a classic look or is it compared to a more famous mine that has that similar color and matrix?
E. Are there buyers who will immediately pay a cash price for that specific stone and how much cash for a specific stone?
1. Number Eight: Nevada, USA
2. Bisbee: Arizona, USA
3. Lander Blue: Nevada, USA
4. Lone Mountain: Nevada, USA
5. Persian: Nishapur, Iran
6. Yungaisi area: Hubei Province, China
7. Red Mountain: Nevada, USA
8. Morenci: Arizona, USA
9. Candelaria: Nevada, USA
10. Indian Mountain: Nevada, USA
11. Egyptian: Sinai, Egypt
12. Godber/Burnham: Nevada, USA
13. Blue Gem: Nevada, USA
14. Sleeping Beauty: Arizona, USA
15. Kingman, Arizona: USA
16. Zhushan area: Hubei Province, China
17. Maashan area: Anhui Province, China
18. Royston: Nevada, USA
19. Pilot Mountain: Nevada, USA
20. Tyrone: New Mexico, USA
21. Manassa: Colorado, USA
22. Stormy Mountain: Nevada, USA
23. Blue Diamond: Nevada, USA
24. Fox: Nevada, USA
25. Nevada Blue: Nevada USA
Others of note: Borredo, Turquoise Mountain, and Carico Lake
Please share your opinions and reasons.
Thank you for taking the time to share your passion about turquoise,
I am always glad to answer questions and post objective disagreements. Turquoise is a massive subject. I will be posting one blog per week for the next 8 weeks. I will answer questions and respond to other peoples conversations of agreement and disagreement with a webcast the following week to the previous week’s blog.
Next Week’s Blog: Who is a turquoise expert?
Experience, opinions and disagreements about turquoise are part of the history and beauty that tie each generation together.
I hope that we all continue to learn more about turquoise together,
Copyright November 16, 2019
Talkin Turquoise Top 25 Turquoise Mines Discussion of Joe Dan's new article on Joe Dan's Corner https://turquoisemuseum.com/2019/11/18/top-25-turquoise-mines/Posted by Turquoise Museum on Friday, November 22, 2019