NAVAJO HANDCRAFTED 14KT GOLD EARRINGS
Genuine Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Set in solid 14kt yellow gold. Designed by renown Navajo artist Calvin Begay. The unique design features hand cut stones with 14kt gold posts and backings. Measuring 3/8" in length with a maximum width of 5/16". Perfectly sized to wear everyday.
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.