Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Irregular Discs


Size of Individual Bead: Irregular strand –Beads are consistently approx. 4mm, thisckness varies

Size of Bead Hole: Suitable for a Size #6-8 Silk Cord
Length of Strand: Approx. 18 Inches
Treatment: All Natural

8 in stock

Sleeping Beauty was, for over a century, probably the best known American Turquoise Mine. An Arizona mine legendary for its pure blue colors Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was, for most of the second half of the 20th century, the benchmark that all other blue turquoise was measured against.  (Sleeping Beauty is also the color that the vast majority of fake “Turquoise” attempts to emulate.) Now that the Sleeping Beauty Mine has been closed genuine Sleeping Beauty has become a true collector’s item. This hank of irregular intense blue all natural Sleeping Beauty is old stock. Magnificent material the likes of which we will probably never see again. Irregular handcut 4mm wafers capture the strange intense blue of swimming pools and desert rivers. Individually a single strand would make a beautiful necklace, but it may also make a beautiful base for a more complex piece –mix with pearls, gold or onyx. (It should also be noted that each strand is slightly longer than standard strand –18″ instead of 16″.) All natural. Genuine old stock Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.