Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Silver Dangle Earrings
This Sleeping Beauty turquoise pair of earrings has 3 dangling designs that give wonderful movement to the piece. The turquoise cabochon measures 5/8 of an inch long by ½ of an inch wide. The total length of the earring is 3 ½ inches long.
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.
Santa Fe Artist: Kevin Randall
From design concept and choice of gemstone through glittering execution, the work of Santa Fe artist Kevin Randall clearly stands apart from the rest.
A Kevin Randall designed piece of jewelry is one that has evolved from Native American influences and reflects the traditional Navajo designs typically produced from 1860 -1930. An impassioned jewelry creator since 1973, Randall started out by taking a course on silver-smithing, learning from his Native American co-workers and earning his place as a highly dedicated craftsman.