Oval Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon
Product Code: DSSB06
Stone Type: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Large Oval Cabochon
This is a beautiful Large Hand Cut Oval Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon by John Hartman of Durango Silver
Company. It is 100% naturally deep blue high-grade Sleeping Beauty and it is a beauty! It measures 14mm x 20mm and
it weighs 10.5 carats. This is an exceptional stone that would look great in any type of Jewelry you put it in and would merrit
a gold setting.
Authentic Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
The Sleeping Beauty mine is located 7 miles outside Globe, Arizona USA. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is known for its clear sky blue coloration with no matrix. It is the favorite type of Turquoise used by Zuni Indian lapidarists and silversmiths due to its clarity and consistency. It is believed the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was the largest Turquoise producer in the world, in its time. The Sleeping Beauty mine produced nearly 2,000 pounds a month by 2010. The beautiful, clear sky blue color of Sleeping Beauty is especially sought after by Europeans and now the Chinese. A high percentage of Sleeping Beauty was enhanced, a process that added value to the low grade turquoise as only about 4% of the Turquoise taken from the mine was hard enough to use in its natural state.
Today 2014, the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine has been closed with no expectation of reopening. Due to government mining restrictions on reclamation and modern mining, it will be a major undertaking and a monumental expense to reopen, we all hope for the best!
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