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After a 3-year hiatus we again met our east coast friends whom we originally met on a Wednesday morning in a bar in Tonopah, NV. It was like no time had passed. We picked up conversations unfinished three years ago. They design and make high-end jewelry, have a history with the turquoise miners in Tonopah, and we like putting around on dirt roads. It’s a perfect match!

BlueMoon Mine turquoise
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Royston Mine turquoise
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Three years ago my wife found this - 57 carats of BlueMoon turquoise.
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It is now a necklace,
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This year we explored the new Thunderbird Mine. It’s early yet. Down in a 20ft pit, picking turquoise nuggets out of the pit wall, trying to find and follow a trail to a larger vein. Looks like it goes down and to the right.
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Vertical lines on the pit wall are precise gentle teeth marks from the excavator bucket.
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If you’ve seen TV shows of the Alaska gold miners or the Colorado crystal miners, you’ll like Turquoise Fever premiering on INSP channel this August. The multi-generational Otteson family takes you into the world of gem-quality turquoise mining. Check your local listings for INSP channel. Set your DVR or whatever the kids call it these days.
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Turquoise Fever Series Premiere | AUGUST 2019 - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIILT873UDc&frags=pl,wn
 
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