Orvil Jack Turquoise - Blue Ridge Mine

The Blue Ridge mine, in Lander County, Nevada, is in the rich Bullion Mining district and consists of nine mining claims. Orvil and Bessie Jack who had just moved to Nevada from Colorado filed the claim in 1956. The first turquoise to come out of the Blue Ridge was some of the finest blue spider web found in Nevada. This material is rarely seen today.

In the beginning of the 1980's Orvil Jack came upon veins of what is now called Orvil Jack turquoise, though little was sold during that period due to the beauty of his Blue Ridge nuggets and spider web turquoise.

Today, it is the beautiful green turquoise that bares Orvil Jack's name that is collected and desired by the top jewelers. Its colors range in the greens and yellows with the brightest yellows and the most electric lime green the most coveted. These colors are caused by the high zinc content of the material, which replaces other minerals. Because of this Orvil Jack is also known as "faustite." After Orvil Jack's passing in 1986 his daughter Grace Jack Wintle and her husband Jay continue to work the claims. Today with their sons Curtis and Ryan they mine Orvil Jack turquoise a few weeks each summer.

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