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The Sparrow’s Nest — turquoise

Musings

Musings

This week I’m coming to you from Florida. We make our yearly trek here to visit family and stay at their beautiful beach house on the inter coastal waters. It’s one of my favorite places because of the view. Every morning I sit out on the back patio, soak in the warmth, smell the salty air all while I sip my coffee. I leave my phone inside and sit with my thoughts. Did I mention the view of passing boats and dolphins from this patio? Last year this time I wasn’t that far into my silversmithing journey. It really started...


White Buffalo Gemstone

White Buffalo Gemstone

Beautiful, coveted, rare. These are a few qualities that make White Buffalo highly sought after. Did you know that it’s technically not a turquoise? It is often referred to as turquoise because it was discovered in the Dry Creek (turquoise) Mine on the Shoshone Indian Reservation located near Battle Mountain in Nevada. I have read Native American’s named it White Buffalo because they thought it’s beauty was rare and pure just like a white buffalo. Why is it rare? It is the only mine known in existence to produce this gemstone. The mine is owned by the Otteson family and...