Cripple Creek turquoise mine is located in Teller
County, Colorado near the town of Cripple Creek.
Miners searching for gold in the area discovered
turquoise. Cripple Creek is a very hard material,
running to over 7 on the Moh’s scale,
with a color varying from blue green to a true
turquoise blue color. Sometimes found with a
golden limonite matrix. It is seen as vein material
and in nodules. There are two mines in the area
but very little high-grade turquoise is being
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Damele is a small mine about 30 miles northeast
of Austin, Nevada. It sits adjacent to the Godber-Burnham
claim. Very little Damele is being produced
today and presently much is cut from older rough
that can still be found from various turquoise
dealers and collectors. Most of the material
found today is a variscite, although some turquoise
is still available. Damele is extremely hard,
takes a nice polish and comes in a variety of
colors from yellow, gold, greens and grays with
a fine spider webbing. At its best it can be
a beautiful gemstone. It is a well known mine
with highly sought after cabochons and beads.
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The Darling Darlene was a small mine in Northern
Nevada which produced a beautiful turquoise.
Colors from the mine ranged from green to blue
green and from a light blue to a deep blue.
Discovered by Joe Barredo in 1972 and named
for a daughter, the mine was never more than
a few man operation and production was low.
In the early 1980’s the Darling Darlene
was leased by Erman Blossom and a partner. Today
the area is involved in gold production.