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Tortoise Mine – Chalcociderite | Turquoise | Variscite

Natural Nevada gemstones and jewelry  mine direct!

Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise RingTortoise Turquoise is mint to emerald green and goes all the way to a caramel color which is actually becomes Variscite. The unique coloration is the reason we named it Tortoise Turquoise, some rocks look like the shell of a Tortoise and some look like Tortoise shell sunglasses.

Tortoise Turquoise runs in black manganese. There are small to giant nuggets which are found in a clay type material as well as thin to wide vein material that is encrusted in walls of manganese. Much of the Tortoise Turquoise runs in veins.

Brown Tortoise Turquoise RingA very large pecentage of the material has black manganese spiderwebbing, especially in the veined material. We believe the webbing is caused from pre-historic plant roots as the native plant found in this canyon has roots that look like spiderwebs. We think, as the plant died, the roots became voids in ground, the water carried the manganese minerals downward, which ultimately became black spiderweb.

We have found Turquoise, Variscite and Chalcociderite at this mine.  We have found fossilized Psuedomorph clams at the mine and rare Tortoise Variscite with red iron spiderweb matrix.  Check out our cabochons and jewelry made with natural Nevada Chalcociderite, Turquoise & Variscite.

Natural Spiderweb Turquoise from the Tortoise mineThe Tortoise Turquoise mine sits above 5,000 feet elevation in a secluded part of Midwestern Nevada. We have occasional visitors to the mine in the form of Wild Burrows, Snakes, Birds, and Lizards. Native vegetation includes some beautiful cactus, Mormon tea, and tumble weed. The climate is a high-desert, hot and dry! In the winter there is a reasonable amount of snow. We will be mining the Tortoise Turquoise mine most months of the year, rain, snow or hail.

Mining the Tortoise video