Is this white buffalo bracelet on eBay really white buffalo, howlite or what?

Hi Paula,

Would you look at this item on eBay and give me your opinion?  It seems like if this is really white buffalo turquoise, it would be priced much higher……..isn’t this howlite?

Native White Buffalo Turquoise Bracelet Cuff Huge Signed AC


Hi Cara,

I hesitate to the put the URL or photo of the item in this post lest I get backlash from the eBay seller.

So, I went to the item page on eBay. By the title and description, I would have thought that the item was White Buffalo from the seller’s words but the photos did not look like White Buffalo stone. So I wrote the seller. Here was his/her reply.

“I’m so glad you asked! We start all of our auctions at 99 cents. If you scroll to the bottom of any of our auctions, you will see a short glossary of terms. I think you will find it informative and helpful. This is not howlite. It is, as stated in the ad, “block” turquoise. Thank you for your interest in our auctions and have a wonderful day! ”

So the answer Cara is that it is not

White Buffalo Turquoise (as stated in the title of the auction listing)


White Buffalo Stone

nor Howlite

but artificial block stone made to look like White Buffalo Stone. One must be ever vigilant and read the fine print these days. And never be afraid to ask. This seller was prompt and courteous in letting me know that it was artificial material.

Here are some examples of authentic white buffalo stone from our webstore – note the wonderful variation in the stones.

NP413-ABCD-whitebuffalo-nelson-B NP413-ABCD-whitebuffalo-nelson-C NP413-ABCD-whitebuffalo-nelson-DPaula

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