The Royston Turquoise Mine in Tonopah, Nevada – a Great Vacation and Travel Destination

by on July 17th, 2010
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As most people know, there are different places around the world, including the United States, where Turquoise can be found. For those of you that don’t know what turquoise is, or those that just need a refresher about it, turquoise is mostly blue-green in color, and it’s often used to make some very beautify pieces of jewelry.

If you have ever visited a gift shop, in the western states, there is a high chance that you have seen beautiful turquoise jewelry as well as rough and raw pieces of turquoise for sale.

The trouble with almost all of the mines and other sites that valuable gems, minerals and other earth treasures are found at, is that they are privately or corporately owned, and visitors if they are even allowed at the site, are not allowed to hunt for these valuable items, and if they remove any they do happen to find, they may be arrested.

Luckily for those of us that have always dreamed of finding some of the earths magnificent treasures, these rules are not in place at every mine or gem site, in fact there are several places throughout the United States, where visitors are welcomed to not only hunt for gems, but they can even have some of the wondrous treasures they find.

When you are looking for a very unique place to take a trip to, why not travel to the Royston Mine in Tonopah, Nevada, to hunt for Turquoise. Do to current regulations, visitors can take a guided tour of the mine where the turquoise is found, but you cannot dig for it there.

When the turquoise is mined the owners are searching mostly for the very large, rare and expensive pieces of turquoise, and when searching for these large pieces, they remove a lot of rocks and dirt called tailings, these piles contain a very large amount of smaller, but awesome pieces of turquoise, that the public is allowed to dig though.

At the time this article was written, each person can dig through the tailing piles for 3 hours each day, and take one pail or bucket full of turquoise home with them for a fee of $100.00 per person, in this 3 hour time span, there is certainly a lot of awesome raw turquoise that you can gather, plus if you want more, just come back the next day, or whenever you can, to search for more.

When planning on visiting the Royston Mine to search for turquoise, call ahead so you will know if they are going to be open for the public, hours, and the items you should bring with you to search for the turquoise, such as; rock hammer, sunscreen, hat (if you wear one) for the sun also, gloves that are strong but yet flexible enough for digging in stones and dirt, food and water (unless told otherwise when you call, there was no place to get something to eat or drink at the digging site, at the time this article was written, and you may also be advised of other items to bring, when you call the mine office at: 775-482-9889

Once you find some pieces of raw turquoise you will have something, that will help you to always remember your treasure hunting experience, and it’s always great to give away as gifts, or to show off to family and friends, and you may also consider having some of your best raw turquoise finds, turned into beautiful pieces of finished jewelry.

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Robert W. Benjamin has been an avid writer for years, and he has hundreds of different articles published on the internet, on numerous subjects of his interest. Robert loves going fishing at ponds, lakes and rivers, and enjoys taking long distance vacations as well as one day bus trips. Robert enjoys computers, internet, sky gazing, walking and numerous other activities.

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