I have been obsessed with turquoise since I was a child. I loved my mom's silver/turquoise jewelry. I had the colours of the stone (greens and blues primarily) incorporated into my Celtic knot tattoo as a background.
Manassa turquoise is mined at Manassa in south central Colorado, but began with Ancient Pueblo peoples. The mine is also known as King’s Manassa. This comes from I.P. King, gold miner who rediscovered this vein and whose descendants still mine the site. It is known for its blue-green to green color with a golden or brown, non-webbed matrix which comes from the host rock, rhyolite. The Manassa mine is still in production, and owned by the King family, thus the alternate name sometimes used.