This is an unusual and and rare gem-grade Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant from the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Mine set in gold. What makes this pendant so unusual is the stone. Normally, turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty Mine is solid robin egg blue in color with no matrix. The nugget of turquoise this stone was cut from contained white matrix interspersed through the nugget. In all my years of cutting and polishing Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise, I have never seen a piece containing white matrix. I acquired the nugget in a parcel from the mine and can vouch that this turquoise is both natural and from the Sleeping Beauty Mine. According to the Turquoise Museum in New Mexico, 90% of all natural turquoise is too soft to be made into jewelry without requiring chemical hardening. This turquoise is gem-grade and has not been hardened. The Sleeping Beauty mine closed five years ago.
- Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant – Natural Blue Color
- Pendant is 2 and 1/4 inches long x .75 inches wide
- Set in 14k gold fill wire