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Oval Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Gemstone

Product Code: DSSB07
Stone Type: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Oval Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Gemstone
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  • Sleeping Beauty Oval Turquoise Gemstone

    This beautiful authentic, natural Oval Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Gemstone was hand cut by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company from our Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Collection. It is clear sky blue in color and a great shape of a lovely ladies ring, an authentic natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Ring, which is actually becoming rare! This stone weighs 10.5 carats and measures 9mm x 24mm.

    Authentic Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Gemstones

    Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was found over a thousand years ago by ancient Native Americans, it was re-discovered by accident in the early 1900’s. The mine was opened to pull copper and gold and it wasn’t until relatively recently that Turquoise was discovered by Anglo miners at the mine. Even in rough form, the stones are vibrant and bright, even bluer than the bright Southwestern sky. Monty Nichols, mine owner, began marketing Sleeping Beauty Turquoise as an affordable Turquoise. The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mine was producing plenty of Turquoise which was mainly tumbled into nuggets, cut in half, backed and sold as "nugget cut" cabochons. Due to the volume of Turquoise Nichols ran into he was able to sell it at an affordable price, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise soon became the Turquoise of choice to the Zuni Indians for Inlay into Jewelry and the Navajos for Turquoise Cabochons. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise got its name from the mountain where it is mined - it resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with arms crossed. Read more information on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Read more information on Sleeping Beauty Turquoise