Blue Gem Turquoise Necklace
The Blue Gem mine, which is no longer active, is located in Nevada near Battle Mountain. It produced a great variety of turquoise, from intense blue to deep green combinations with a hard, irregularly distributed matrix. The Battle Mountain or Blue Gem mine, which began production in 1934 yielded the most valuable Blue Gem turquoise because of its rich color and hardness. Of the several Nevada mines that are named Blue Gem, this is the largest and most famous. This mine was one of the deepest with lots of underground tunnels running as deep as 800 feet. Blue Gem turquoise is a rare,historic American treasure with unique color, character and an extremely hard, gem-grade turquoise stone (hence the name). The original Battle Mountain Blue Gem mine closed in the 70’s and there does not seem to be much available today except from old collections.
This Blue Gem turquoise is set in Sterling Silver on a handmade sterling silver link chain. The necklace is 18” in length. The pendant is 1.75” in length and 1.5” wide. Length of necklace can be customized if more length is needed.
Handmade by artist Christie Young.