#8 Turquoise mine is in the Lynn mining district in Eureka County, Nevada. The mine is currently closed and has not produced for many years. Most of the #8 turquoise mined does require stabilizing due to the soft nature of the matrix this material has been professionally Stabilized by my good friends at the Kingman mine the world leader in stabilizing turquoise. The Son and I do all the cutting work we never farm it out. We are Native American gem cutters, we are registered members of the federally recognized Native American tribe Wichita Indians out of Oklahoma. To be clear “100% NATURAL” it is all turquoise no backing was used If it just says “NATURAL” it is natural and backed with JB Weld. The photos in this listing are taken in natural sunlight on a white background. I do this because any color background except white can alter the colors in the photo. I realize Direct sunlight and white background is the worst possible conditions to photo in. I would rather have you say it looks so much better in hand then be disappointed when you get the stone. If you would like a photo in shade, just ask. Size is Approximate give or take .5 mm Note: In the event of any typos in this listing, the item in the photos is the one or ones you will receive if you purchase this item. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of any typos in this listing, the item in the photos is the one or ones you will receive if you purchase this item. Some countries do not allow gemstones to be shipped to their citizens. Please check with Customs before making your purchases. If you live in one of the countries that do not allow gemstones to be imported and you buy from us, we will issue a refund and not ship the item. We offer a “NO HASSLE” seven-day refund with return shipping paid by the buyer. Our return policy starts when you receive the stone or it hits your PO Box, Buyer Pays return Shipping.