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A Little About The Tortoise Turquoise Mine

Handmade Sterling Silver and Tortoise Turquoise Pendant by Crystal HartmanTortoise 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.

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.

A 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.