BIL 346 Marco Benally turquoise ring


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.

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.

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This Navajo artist Marco Benally is known for his detailed silver work and high quality stones. Set in solid sterling silver with genuine turquoise. The unique design is created by hand cutting designs out of sterling silver and then over laying the elements onto the ring. These layers of silver give the ring a heavy feel. Measuring 1″3/8 x 3/4″ overall with a stone measuring 3/8″ x 1/4″. A beautiful design that is sure to make a statement.

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