Carico Lake turquoise is known for its clear, iridescent, spring
green color which is due to its zinc and copper content. Carico Lake
stones can also display a dark blue-green color with a black spider web
matrix. Recent finds are producing many new blue tones with even, black
matrix. The colors and scarcity of Carico Lake turquoise make it a
valuable addition to any collection. The Carico Lake mine also hosts
another precious stone, faustite, which features a bright lime green
color due to its higher zinc content.
Carico Lake is named for its home on a dried-up lakebed in high,
cool Lander County, Nevada. Some turquoise businesses marketed this
stone under various names including Stone Canyon and Aurora turquoise,
although this is rarely seen today. Due to its remote location and
harsh conditions in the winter, there is a limited amount of time
allowed to mine this rare turquoise. These factors add to the
investment value of Carico Lake turquoise.
Gus Stenich was one of the earliest owners of this mine. Due to
losing much of his turquoise to foragers and thieves, Gus became
suspicious of all activity that he saw around the mine. Just prior to
his death, Gus made out a will hastily written on a bread wrapper. In
this will, he left the entire mine to his best friend J.W. Edgar.