Sky Blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Chip Nugget Bead (8 inch Strands)

Sky Blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise  Chip Nugget Bead (8 inch Strands)
Sky Blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise  Chip Nugget Bead (8 inch Strands)

Item #: BST-SB-20

Sky Blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Chip Nugget Bead (8 inch Strands)

Sky Blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise  Chip Nugget Bead (8 inch Strands)

5-7x3mm nuggets

Sleeping Beauty:  The Sleeping Beauty Mine located in Globe, Arizona is considered to be one of the most important turquoise producing mines in the world. The Sleeping Beauty Mine history began with its storybook name; some say that from a distance the mountain looks like a sleeping woman – and with a little imagination it does. The mountain was named long before it was mined, but once the mine opened it adopted the iconic name.

Sleeping Beauty stones are some of the most desirable stones produced in the world. Sleeping beauty stones are unique in color and quality anywhere from chalky-blue to sky-blue to deep-blue turquoise.

Closed to the public the mine is in full operation producing some of the world’s most coveted turquoise. The process of mining turquoise is simple to understand but takes a lot of work and time. The turquoise begins in the ground and is uncovered by removing the top-layer of ground. Once removed from the earth it’s then moved to the “pickers” who sift through each piece sorting between rock and turquoise. The turquoise is then taken to the “chippers” who chip the rock away from the stone and the stone is then sorted by shape, quality and color. Turquoise comes from the ground either in a flat piece, a nugget or large chunk.

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Regular price $24.99 $18.75