SB 102 – Sleeping Beauty turquoise necklace 5-strand

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SB 102 – Sleeping Beauty turquoise necklace 5-strand


Navajo hand strung with tumbled Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Known for its blue coloring and elegant tone, Sleeping Beauty turquoise always makes a statement. The necklace measures 18″ with a 3″ silver chain extension. 5 strands of cascading nuggets with over 600 individual stones were used to create this necklace. A certificate of authenticity comes with every piece of jewelry along with our lifetime guarantee against defects in craftsmanship.

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**There are legends saying that the People danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become the Sky Stone. Turquoise, the “fallen sky stone” hidden in Mother Earth, has been valued by cultures for its beauty and reputed spiritual and life-giving qualities for all of history. It is a true gem of the centuries.

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 it’s 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.

There is a small town in south central Italy, near Naples, famous for its cameos. Their needs for huge quantities of this material over the years have always kept the supply down and demand high. The clear blue is reminiscent of old Persian turquoise, and is without doubt the most preferred and prized by Europeans, both for cameos as well as in bead or jewelry form.

There is a sister mine nearby, called the Bluebird, that produces some of the world’s most beautiful azurite. This material is a copper oxide and also contains malachite, crysacolla as well as a mineralized copper or cuprite. This is a rare and undervalued gem stone that has all but disappeared from the marketplace.

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Weight .5 oz

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