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Lucy Valencia, Navajo
Sterling Silver and White Buffalo Stone
Necklace and Earrings Set
NS363A necklace and earrings - $825 plus s/h
NS363B necklace only - $745 plus s/h
Paula says - "This beautiful stone is also called White Turquoise and Sacred Buffalo Stone (see below)."
Center pendant is 1 1/4" x 1 1/8".
Earrings 1 5/8" long including wire.
18 1/2" sterling silver chain can be adjusted shorter with lobster claw clasp.
White Buffalo Stone (Sacred Buffalo Stone, White Turquoise) was discovered at the Dry Creek turquoise mine on the Shoshone Indian Reservation near Battle Mountain, Nevada in 1993. To date, this is the only place it is found. White Buffalo is as rare as the sacred white buffalo, which is why the Shoshone Indians named it Sacred Buffalo Stone. It is white with black and/or brown matrix and many experts say it is technically not turquoise. This is because turquoise, by definition, contains copper (it is a copper aluminium phosphate), which is what gives turquoise its characteristic blue color (presence of iron will shift the color toward green). Although Sacred Buffalo Stone resembles turquoise in hardness and will polish to a high shine like turquoise, it has no copper, thus no blue color.