Let’s talk Turquoise. The trade name “White Buffalo” is used to identify the stone coming out of Tonopah, Nevada. The legendary Otteson mining family owns the mine where the white stone grows, surrounded by black chert which creates beautiful patterns, and sometimes in rare and more expensive pieces, a spider-web matrix. The stone grows in veins, is hard and cuts like turquoise, but geologists are inconclusive about whether it is technically turquoise or not. In the industry, this stone is generally referred to as “White Buffalo”.
There are other times you will hear the term “White Buffalo Turquoise”. It is used to refer to Magnesite or Howlite, Calcite and Quartz materials. The stone in this ring is Calcite. The spider webs of white are striking in this cab and the elongated oval stone looks lovely on any finger. We paired it with a diamond wire band, oxidized it and gave it a satin finish.