SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE WITH 14KT GOLD
Genuine sleeping beauty turquoise is used in these stud earrings. The stone measures 6mm round and they are set in 14kt yellow gold. The backs are also 14kt yellow gold.
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.