Sleeping Beauty Cabochon
Product Code: DSSB09
Stone Type: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Click Gallery Image To Enlarge
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon
This is a fantastic high dome Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon
hand cut by John Hartman of
Durango Silver Company. This is a quality cut authentic Sleeping Beauty Turquoise gemstone
We have natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise - beware of treated blue Mexican Turquoise stone that is being sold as
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. This stone weighs 29.5 carats and measures 17mm x 30mm - it is fantastic!
Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Arizona has become one of the most important Turquoise mines in the world due to its clear blue/blue colorations. It was first found by the Native Americans during the Anasazi times and maybe earlier. At this time the Turquoise was mined with hand tools and small pieces were collected. The baby blue or "Robin's Egg" blue Turquoise was mainly used as beads and on shells that the Native American tribes of the Southwest had traded for with the Native American tribes of central and South America. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise also made its way to Pueblo Bonito during the Anasazi times along with Turquoise from other deposits in the Southwest. Pueblo Bonito served as a trade center for Anasazi Turquoise for North American Tribes, Central American Tribes and South American tribes. Since this time, the Sleeping Beauty mine was developed by Anglo peoples in search of Copper and other metal ore. The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine was under contract by Monty Nichols. Nichols is said to have "Torn down a mountain" to find the famous Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, a figure of speech, of how much work the he has done to get this stone that has become an icon.
Today 2014, the mine has been out of production of nearly two years. There is still Turquoise in the mine, however, with reclamation and new mining restrictions it is uncertain if mining will ever be able to continue. Generally speaking, most of the Turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty Mine must be stabilized, especially when used in Turquoise Beads and unbacked Cabochons. Durango Silver Company was fortunate in obtaining a fairly large accumulation of high-quality, hard, and good colored natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and this is what we cut and offer.
See our information page on Turquoise
Read more information on Sleeping