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Blue Diamond Turquoise Mine

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Blue Diamond Rough

Named for producing some of the hardest turquoise ever found, the Blue Diamond mine is located outside of Austin, Nevada and was first mined in the 1930s.  The mine is considered a “hat mine” of which there are very few.  A hat mine is a small deposit of turquoise that “you can cover with your hat”.  The stones that this mine produces, which are usually large pieces in plate form, look a great deal like Stormy Mountain Turquoise because of its black smoky matrix surrounded by a brilliant blue.  The characteristic black chert is present.  Long time area miners have been noted to have said the Blue Diamond mine yielded some of the best turquoise in Nevada.

After many years of being closed, today Blue Diamond turquoise is once again being actively mined in limited quantities by the current owner.