Royston is a turquoise mine located within the Royston District near
Tonepah, Nevada. The Royston District consists of several mines
including Royston, Royal Blue, Oscar Wehrend and Bunker Hill. The mines
in this district were discovered as early as 1902; in fact, Royston is
the oldest patented mine in Nevada. While Royston is considered an
active mine, it is a very small operation. The miners go to the mine
only twice per year. Royston was originally a tunnel mine, but is now
an open pit. Royston is a good producer of high quality stones.
According to one of the current miners, Royston turquoise is known as
“grass roots,” which means the best deposits are found within ten feet
of the surface.
Royston turquoise is known for its beautiful deep green to rich
light blue colors. These unique color ranges are what make this stone
so special. Royston stones are often two-tone, displaying both dark and
light green and sometimes blue. Royston has a heavy matrix ranging from
dark brown to gold in color. This matrix makes for beautiful
combinations with the color variations of the stone. Royston turquoise
is considered very collectible and a good investment.