Dian Malouf Fern Leaf Ring
This gorgeous Dian Malouf Fern Leaf Ring has a Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone set in the center. The Dian Malouf Fern Leaf Ring is size 6-3/4 but can be sized to fit. Malouf is known for her bold statement pieces. Each piece of jewelry is made one‐at‐a‐time and never mass produced. Dian is very proud of the fact that all of her pieces of jewelry are made in the USA. She says
“I have kept my products made in the USA because I love our country and its people.”
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.
National Artist: Dian Malouf
A visionary who has spent her life searching the globe for unusual objects, Dian Malouf is a nationally recognized jewelry designer, published author, mother and obsessive measurer of electromagnetic fields. Known for bold silver and gold jewelry enlivened by diamonds and vivid semiprecious stones, Dian Malouf is one of the few fine jewelry designers whose work is instantly recognizable as hers alone. Dian has designed over 10,000 pieces since the first silver dome ring that she made for herself launched the business by popular demand in 1986, and many are one-of-a-kind pieces prized by collectors. Dian frequently incorporates her passion for environmental causes, and political and social themes into her designs.