GENUINE BLUE TURQUOISE, ARIZONA SLEEPING BEAUTY
DEEP SKY BLUE
For most of the world, the word turquoise conjures an image of Sleeping Beauty, the iconic robin’s egg–blue variety found in Arizona’s Gila County. And there’s an interesting reason for that. In the 1970s and 1980s, jewelers sought out turquoise boasting a consistent color and clean appearance, and only one mine in the world fit the bill and produced a steady supply: Sleeping Beauty.
The Italian cameo-makers of Torre del Greco were among its biggest fans. “They preferred the light blue color because it looked great with coral,” says Matthew Foutz, cofounder of Sterling Turquoise in Phoenix.
In the decades since, Sleeping Beauty has become something of a poster child for the American gem industry. “There isn’t a more significant gemstone from this country than Sleeping Beauty,” says Foutz.
The gem’s legend—and pricing—is set to grow. In 2012, the Sleeping Beauty mine closed and sent prices skyrocketing (not because the mine was spent, but because the copper mine that owned the mining concession sold the mine, and its new owner decided not to pursue the turquoise mining operation, according to Foutz). Buyers used to pay $10 per ct. at wholesale for Sleeping Beauty; it’s now edging closer to $50 per ct.
OVAL CABOCHON CUT 8 X 6 X 2.50 mm,
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL OF TURQUOISE STONES,
SOLID RICH SKY BLUE COLOR - FRONT AND BACK
( ACTUAL COLOR IS MORE LIFE AND UNIQUE THAN WHAT THE PHOTOS CAN CAPTURE )
VERY WELL CUT AND POLISHED AND READY TO BE SET,
ACTUAL PHOTOS OF THE STONE ARE PROVIDED
GEM: GENUINE NATURAL BLUETURQUOISE
COUNT: 1 Piece
CARAT WEIGHT: .85 (VARIES)
DIMENSION: 8 X 6 X 2.50 mm.
SHAPE/CUT: OVAL - CABOCHON
COLOR: DEEP SKY BLUE (Sleeping Beauty)
LUSTER: VERY STRONG, BEAUTIFUL
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA (ARIZONA)
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