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Dry Creek Turquoise (all rights reserved Pagosa Funky Trunk LLC)

Dry Creek Turquoise is one-of-a-kind. Its pale bluish-white

color puts it in a turquoise category all its own. A quote from

Horsekeeping LLC internet site probably best describes Dry

Creek turquoise as “white or very pale blue (in) color with

brown flecks in it almost like confetti.” It is also “naturally

hard and takes on a nice polish.” (from Pueblo Direct internet

site) When it was discovered near Battle Moutain, Nevada,

in 1993, by a Shoshone Indian on the Fort Hall Indian

Reservation, the Dry Creek Turquoise stone was questionable

whether or not it was turquoise. “To date, no other vein of this

turquoise has been discovered,” says All Nations Trading

internet site jewelry experts – and others.

Dry Creek Turquoise has another name – Sacred Buffalo – sometimes ascribed to it. Although many turquoise jewelry experts hesitate using this name for it because there is another stone – howlite -

“a white with black matrix stone” whose appearance mirrors that of the Dry Creek turquoise. It is really a “faux,” or pseudo turquoise – not turquoise at all - that comes from Mexico. Its Sacred Buffalo designation isn't by accident, though, since it also signifies the rarity of the white buffalo. (per Horsekeeping LLC.) Interestingly enough, writers in the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains say that some of the early Shoshones were voracious consumers of buffalo, or bison. The Shoshones, called by many names over the years, depending upon their geographic location and “primary food resource,” –

“sheep-eaters,” “mountain people,” “grass house people,” and “snake people” - are not known for jewelry-making. Therefore, they trade and sell their unique Dry Creek Turquoise finds mainly to the Navajos, who turn them into beautiful jewelry pieces. (This information also from the Encyclopedia)

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