Situated in Globe, Arizona, the Sleeping Beauty mine derived its name from the Sleeping Beauty Mountain which is also in the region. This area had once been part of the Copper Cities operation. The turquoise pieces produced from this mine have a uniform shade of light to medium blues. This quality has made it the Zuni Pueblo favorite. Jewelry makers often use this turquoise for matching silver jewelry sets. Compared to other kinds of turquoise, however, those which are mined from the Sleeping Beauty mine are not considered as a hard turquoise. It has been, however, a favorite among silversmiths because of its natural color which mirrors the blue sky. This is what truly makes the Sleeping Beauty turquoise a desirable piece of precious stone which is also called a Skystone. The area was one of the large turquoise producers in the country, but today the mine has been closed. Alex Sanchez is an awarding winning Navajo silversmith from New Mexico. He is a friend and colleague who sells his jewelry at many of the Museum show that I do (Santa Fe Indian Market, Eiteljorg Museum, Heard Museum etc). It is always an honor to carry the work of fellow artists. Alexs petroglyph designs have won him many prestigious awards, and won his the coveted Best of Division during the 2010 Gallup Ceremonials (famous Native Art show). Chains that are photographed with the pendant are for illustration purposes, and are NOT included. Material: Sterling Silver, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. Dimensions: 3-3/4 x 2. Weight (in grams): 31.4. The item “Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Hopi Maiden Pendant by Alex Sanchez 9J25S” is in sale since Friday, October 18, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants”. The seller is “n8tivearts” and is located in Boulder City, Nevada. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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