White Buffalo Turquoise
White Buffalo turquoise, not to be confused with "white turquoise" that is actually howlite, is a very rare colorless turquoise and is missing only copper in its chemical formula. Some unscrupulous dealers have been trying to pass off howlite as Sacred Buffalo Turquoise, also known as Dry Creek Turquoise. However, this rare turquoise has only been found in the Dry Creek Mine on the Shoshone Indian Reservation in Nevada, and has likely been played out. It would be very rare to find genuine sacred buffalo turquoise. Again, knowing your dealer really helps in this situation, and having a little education goes a long way.
So, in the world of turquoise, there are many varieties and nuances. From enhancements that keep color from fading to funky colors that don't even remind us of turquoise, this color/stone/gem is a fascinating part of our lives and culture throughout the ages. Who can resist turquoise jewelry?