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The Sleeping Beauty Mine, located in Globe, Arizona, is no longer an active mine. For many years it
produced a wide range of turquoise that is now even more highly prized for its solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last five decades or so it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.
For the past 45 years, the Willie Family has been making exquisite traditional silver and copper jewelry. They specialize in bracelets, pendants, rings, buckles and concho belts. They work with highest grade stones. They reside just west of Albuquerque in To’hajilee,