Turquoise Heart Clip Earrings
Turquoise Heart Clip Earrings made by the amazing Federico. This fabulous pair of earrings feature Sleeping Beauty turquoise set in sterling silver. The earrings are 1 inch long by 1 1/4 inch wide and are clip on earrings.
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.
International Artist: Federico
Federico Jimenez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1941 in a Mixtec Indian Community.
Federico comes from the tiny village of Tututepec, Mexico. When he was 12 years old he accidentally set fire to a nativity set in his village. His family was pressured into sending him to live in the city of Oaxaca. He returned to Tututepec in his late teens. He and his Father discovered a big pot when they were repairing the foundation of their home. Inside was a pre-Columbian Mixtec Indian pectoral (a chest ornament) with strands of gold, turquoise and shell that had been secretly buried by his family. Later when he worked for the Anthropological Museum he learned that the village had once been the kingdom of the Mixtecs and his great-grandfather had probably been their chief.
During his years in Oaxaca he developed an appreciation for antiques from a girlfriend whose family were avid collectors. After finding the pectoral he became interested in collecting antiques and started going village-to-village searching and collecting jewelry and Indian costumes.A few years later he met his future wife who was with a group of American anthropologists. She said, “If you love me, you’ll follow me”. So he followed her to Los Angeles where he hit all the big swap meets, buying, selling, trading and building his inventory. He also built up a private collection of Mexican jewelry that he claims is the world’s largest as it incorporates pieces from contemporary, colonial and pre-Columbian periods. He organizes exhibitions and acquires items for UCLA’s Museum of Cultural History and the National Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. He displays many pieces of his jewelry in the Anthropological Museum in Mexico City. Federico designs and produces jewelry in Los Angeles.