King’s Manassa turquoise is mined at Manassa in south central
Colorado, but began its mining days with Ancient Pueblo peoples. The
Manassa mine is also known as King’s Manassa or the King’s Mine.
Another name for the turquoise that comes from this mine is “Lick
Skillet” turquoise which comes from the hard times that the King family
and local miners had to suffer through while mining the precious stone.
The name comes from Israel Perviose King and his descendants who still
mine for turquoise. I.P. King discovered this vein of turquoise while
looking for gold. After mining for a while, he soon abandoned the mine
after seeing that there wasn’t very much gold, only some strange blue
rocks that he took back to his home. He didn’t realize that these
stones were valuable until a friend asked about them.
Manassa turquoise is known for its blue-green to green color with a
golden or brown, non-webbed matrix. The golden matrix comes from the
host rock, rhyolite. The Manassa mine is still in production, and owned
by the King family, thus the alternate name sometimes used for this