Otteson Brothers Turquoise & Variscite Mines.

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Black Hills Turquoise Rough

Black Hills Turquoise Rough

Black Hills Turquoise

Gilbert Mining District

The Black Hills mine was originally mined and owned by Albert Bradshaw, a Tonopah native. We have opened up a new lead of Turquoise near the original pit producing beautiful blue and blue green Turquoise with black web matrix, and it’s considered to be extremely rare.

Crazy Horse Turquoise Rough

Crazy Horse Turquoise Rough

Crazy Horse Turquoise

Esmerelda County– Monte Cristo Range

We only recently discovered this mine, and we continue to open it up as time allows. It has already produced beautiful blue Turquoise in black chert. We’re looking forward to get this Turquoise on the market in the future.

Danny Boy Turquoise Rough

Danny Boy Turquoise Rough

Danny Boy Turquoise

Royston Mining District - Royston Hills

Danny Otteson found this mine when he was 6 years old (with a little help from his Dad). It produces beautiful blue spiderweb Turquoise. Since hasn’t been mined in over 30 years, Danny Boy Turquoise is very rare…

Easter Blue Turquoise Cabochon

Easter Blue Turquoise Cabochon

Easter Blue Turquoise

Royston Hills

Easter Blue was discovered in the early 1900’s, and has been mined by many old famous Turquoise miners including Lee F. Hand, Pete King, Cliff Gibson and of course our Dad and Grandpa – Lynn Otteson. Easter Blue had been dormant for over 20 years until we began mining it again in the winter of 2018.

Easter Blue was originally called the “Cloverdale Blue Gem” mine and is often confused as one of the many Royston Hills claims when it’s in fact in its own mining district.

Easter Blue produces high quality mostly blue to blue green (and sometime two-toned) Turquoise with a heavy matrix ranging from dark brown to gold in color.

Miller Mountain Variscite Rough

Miller Mountain Variscite Rough

Miller Mountain Variscite

Columbus Mining District

Miller Mountain Variscite was re-discovered by Danny Otteson in 2012, and is known for incredible spiderweb and vibrant color pallet. This claim is not currently being mined.

Montezuma Turquoise Rough

Montezuma Turquoise Rough

Montezuma Turquoise

Royston Mining District – Royston Hills

The Montezuma Turquoise claim is synonymous with Royston Turquoise – abundantly producing some of the highest grade blue-green Turquoise (and sometimes two-toned) Turquoise with a heavy matrix ranging from dark brown to gold in color.


Thunderbird Turquoise Cabochons

Thunderbird Turquoise Cabochons

Thunderbird Turquoise

Lida Mining District

The new Thunderbird Turquoise mine, was formerly the “Moppin” and “Longcar” claims in the 60’s. Dormant for over 50 years, we recently started mining it, and renamed it “Thunderbird” due to the lightning bright vibrancy of color of the blue turquoise from this mine. The picture shows some of the higher grade/interesting turquoise we’ve found so far.

With multiple pits along a 1/2 mile long ridge full of Turquoise we haven’t been able to dig very deep yet, but the Turquoise will only get better the deeper we go.


Starfox Variscite Rough

Starfox Variscite Rough

Starfox Variscite

Monte cristo Mining District

Discovered in 2016 by Bretton Otteson, Starfox Variscite is known for is beautiful grey microweb.

Swallowtail Variscite Rough

Swallowtail Variscite Rough

Swallowtail Variscite

Monte Cristo Mining District

The Swallowtail Variscite claim was discovered in 2019 by Danny Otteson, and has not yet been mined.

White Bison Rough

White Bison Rough

White Bison

Columbus Mining District

This new claim was discovered by Danny Otteson in 2012. White Bison offers many of the beautiful nuances of the original White Buffalo claim discovered by Lynn Otteson – mined by our brother, Dean – now owned by our sister-in-law, Donna Otteson.

We named it White Bison to avoid confusion with the original White Buffalo claim, but it boasts similar qualities in large, beautiful deposits of striking contrast of Black Chert and hard White Dolomite.

Both White Buffalo and White Bison have been called White Turquoise in the marketplace; however White Dolomite was formed by hydrothermal activity in calcite – and is not Turquoise at all.

Zeus Variscite Rough

Zeus Variscite Rough

Zeus Variscite

Monte Cristo Mining District

Zeus Variscite was discovered by Lane Otteson in 2015. It’s known for the beautiful dark blue spiderweb and “spotted Zeus” nuggets. It’s currently being mined by Bretton and Lane Otteson.