NAVAJO HANDCRAFTED 14KT GOLD PENDANT
Stunning solid gold kokopelli inlay pendant. Designed by renown Navajo artist Calvin Begay. It features genuine sleeping beauty turquoise inlayed stones. The pendant measures 1"1/2 in length and has a maximum width of 1".The inlayed bail is large enough to accommodate up to a 5mm bead or chain. This is a beautiful piece.
The Sleeping Beauty Mine, located in Globe, Arizona, is no longer an active mine. For many years it produced a wide range of turquoise that is now even more highly prized for its solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last five decades or so it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the "dumps" and sort turquoise from there. The mine is currently closed.