Native American Materials – White Buffalo Stone

White Buffalo Stone Pendant by Navajo artist Geneva Spencer

White Buffalo Stone Pendant by Navajo artist Geneva Spencer

White Buffalo Stone (Sacred Buffalo Stone, White Turquoise) is white with black and brown inclusions.

It is sometimes called “white turquoise” but by definition turquoise contains copper (it is a copper aluminum phosphate), which is what gives the characteristic blue color. Presence of iron will shift the color toward green.

Although White Buffalo Stone is as hard as turquoise and polishes to a high shine, it has no copper and no blue color, so is technically not turquoise. As far as we know, White Buffalo Stone comes from only one mine in Nevada, which is owned by the Otteson family. (See links below for more information on the family and the mine.)

Note: Howlite is commonly passed off as White Buffalo Stone. Howlite is a white to milky stone with charcoal colored spiderweb type veins. Howlite is more porous than White Buffalo Stone. It is often dyed to look like turquoise.

Howlite is often passed off as White Buffalo Stone

Howlite is often passed off as White Buffalo Stone

 

 

Lynn Otteson

White Buffalo Turquoise

5 thoughts on “Native American Materials – White Buffalo Stone

  1. Yes, it is from the Dry Crek mine in Nevada. It is white because it is lacking the heavy minerals that give it a blue or green color, but it was tested and is in fack , turquoise. Also called Sacred Buffalo.

    • Hi Beverly,
      We don’t purchase white buffalo stone. We purchase items made with white buffalo stone. If you want to get an idea of what the white buffalo stone items cost, go to http://www.horsekeeping.com/jewelry/jewelry.htm and at the top of the page, click on Search, then when the search page opens, type in the box “White Buffalo Stone” and be sure to use the quotations marks. It will propagate a list of all the items we have that are made with White Buffalo Stone – rings, earrings, pendants, belt buckles……..which should give you an idea. Paula

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