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