Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Inlay Dangle Earrings
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Inlay Dangle Earrings handmade by Ricky Bouquh. This striking pair of earrings are a must have for the fashionista in your life. The earrings measure 4 3/4″ inch long by 1/4″ of an inch wide.
From ancient civilizations to modern times, turquoise history has played a major role in the popularity of this stone. Historians believe in Persia, one of the earliest known turquoise-producing regions, the stone has been mined for more than 2,000 years. Turquoise stones from this region are known for their pure, robin’s egg blue color. Early Persians believed turquoise represented the heavens because of its beautiful blue color and used it to cover the domes of palaces and places of worship. Two mines, Sarabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh are believed to be the oldest known mines in the region. Archeologists believe Ancient Egyptians mined Sarabit el-Khadim for turquoise stones. There have been many turquoise uses throughout history. Spirituality and supernatural beliefs have always surrounded this stone.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise:
The Sleeping Beauty Mine, located in Globe, Arizona, is no longer an active mine. For many years it produced a wide range of turquoise that is now even more highly prized for it’s solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last five decades or so it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.
There is a small town in south central Italy, near Naples, famous for its cameos. Their needs for huge quantities of this material over the years have always kept the supply down and demand high. The clear blue is reminiscent of old Persian turquoise, and is without doubt the most preferred and prized by Europeans, both for cameos as well as in bead or jewelry form.
There is a sister mine nearby, called the Bluebird, that produces some of the world’s most beautiful azurite. This material is a copper oxide and also contains malachite, crysacolla as well as a mineralized copper or cuprite. This is a rare and undervalued gem stone that has all but disappeared from the marketplace.
North American Turquoise History
The Southwestern United States is a significant source of turquoise and plays an important role in the history of turquoise. Aarcheologists believe that thousands of years ago, ancient Native American tribes began mining turquoise stones at what is now known as the Mineral Park Mine 14 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. Tribes such as the Aztecs believed the stone was sacred and made intricate masks and other adornment for ceremonies and important rituals.
In the 19th Century, Navajos began working with silver and constructed the most popular varieties of turquoise jewelry known today. Today artists use the same methods and turquoise symbolism.