Native American Materials – Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is bright blue turquoise with distinct, often black, matrix. The matrix is the veining that appears in the stone.

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Belt Buckle by Navajo Dan Martinez

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Belt Buckle by Navajo Dan Martinez

The mine is located in Globe, Arizona in Gila County.

Sleeping Beauty turquoise is a uniform blue turquoise that is easily matched and cut so is a popular choice in Native American jewelry.

 

Sleeping Beauty Nugget Bracelet by Navajo Wilbur Muskett Jr.

Sleeping Beauty Nugget Bracelet by Navajo Wilbur Muskett Jr.

 

Read more about the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine.

 

Sleeping Beauty Cross by Navajo Clem Nailwood

Sleeping Beauty Cross by Navajo Clem Nailwood

 

2 thoughts on “Native American Materials – Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

  1. As I may have mentioned before, if you you watch the AZ Highways youtube narrative, you will see that the Sleeping Beauty mine produces many depths of color including the “Italian preferred” pale. What I saw were “finger pieces” as they say in the gem trade, large pieces that you can pick up and hold with your fingers; smoothly polished, without veining and considered gem quality. But everyone has their own color preference. Your example of smaller, darker, heavily veined Native American pieces, lightly rolled, bumps and all, and polished, were very helpful examples of the variety of this gem. When I pull out my squashes (eventually)I expect to find this style of turq on some of them.

    I appreciate your postings very much as they help me expand my knowledge of Native American jewelry (including my own) and feeds my love of gems and mineralology. Once again, love your site, which I find each time to be a very professional, aesthetic and thorough that I look forward to each time I see one of your new posts.

  2. That is for sure. Some people want their turquoise to be very very pale, others bright blue, some dark green and then there is the matrix from jet black to honey to even rusty and all sorts of variations.
    There is something in turquoise for everyone !
    So glad you enjoy the posts – they are a labor of love and enthusiasm for the subject !

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