I have begun a new collection, featuring the mystical Sacred White Buffalo Turquoise.
True white turquoise is quite rare, discovered in the early 1990s in the Dry Creek Mine in the Shoshone Indian Reservation near Battle Mountain, Nevada in 1993. The Shoshone Indians are not known for jewellery work and, as a consequence, the Shoshone sell or trade the white turquoise to the Navajo in Arizona who work it into jewellery. Because white turquoise is as rare as the white buffalo, the Indians call it “White buffalo” turquoise. Turquoise gets its color from the heavy metals in the ground where it forms. Blue turquoise forms where there is copper present (most Arizona turquoise). Green turquoise forms where iron is present (most Nevada turquoise). White turquoise, where there are no heavy metals present, turns out to be rare. To date no other vein of white turquoise has been discovered anywhere else. When this current vein runs out that will be the last of it. [From Rockhound Gazette 12/00 via Glacial Drifter, and others, Via ACHATES Jan-Feb 02]
I love it for its mysterious quality, it is like a ghost, a spirit stone that effortlessly slips between the realms. It has a strong energy, very calm and sacred.
Upon seeing my latest piece, a dear friend [who is from the Shoshone people] sent me this write up:
“The traditional story is that, long ago, there was a time of famine. The chief of the Lakota sent out two scouts to hunt for food. While the young men traveled they saw a figure in the distance and as they approached, they saw that it was a beautiful young Indian woman in white buck skin. She had dark hair, skin and eyes. One of the men was filled with lust for the woman. He approached her, telling his companion he would attempt to claim her as a wife. His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be dangerous and disrespectful. The man ignored the other’s advice.
The second man watched as the first approached and embraced the woman, during which time a white cloud enveloped the pair. When the cloud disappeared, only the mysterious woman and a pile of bones remained. The bones were the remains of the man. The remaining man was frightened, and began to draw his bow, but the holy woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him as she could see into his heart and he did not have the motives the first man had. As the woman spoke Lakota, the young man decided she was one of his people, and came forward.
At this time, the woman explained that she was Wakan (holy). She further explained that if he did as she instructed, his people would rise again. The scout promised to do what she instructed, and was told to return to his encampment, call the Council and prepare a feast for her arrival. She taught the Lakota seven sacred ceremonies and gave them the Chanunpa, the sacred ceremonial pipe. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts,
Pte Ska Win left them, promising that one day she would return….”