Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochons
Product Code: DSSB03
Stone Type: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon-pear shape
This is a beautiful sky blue authentic Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon in a pear shape. It weighs 8.5 carats and measures 12mm x 19mm. It would make a beautiful Turquoise Pendant or whatever you choose. This is natural Turquoise and the color is awesome, you will love it!
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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