Number 8 Turquoise ... Since 1976 there has been no Number 8 Turquoise mined. There is however, an existing stock pile that Mr. Dowell Ward (last owner of the mine) had stocked away for later sorting. The turquoise is a collector’s item — because once the reserve is gone there will be no more material released onto the market. The Gold Mining Company owns the claims to the Number 8 mine and it has been swallowed up by the gold mining operations.
The Damele mine is located near Austin, Nevada on the other side of the hill from the famous Godber/Burnham mine. The Damele mine produces a large proportion of variscite, a mineral closely related to turquoise, in addition to its unique turquoise of predominantly green hues. It is famous for its spider-webbed turquoise which appears to be thousands of tiny little balls of green, brown, and yellow colors all pressed together.