12 Stone Turquoise Ring
12 Stone Turquoise Ring. This stunning ring features 12 pieces of sleeping beauty turquoise set in sterling silver. This ring is size 7 but can be sized on request for an additional charge.
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.
Bilagaanas: Native American Artist Collective
The collective of artists at Bilagaanas operate around the vision of creating preeminent quality Native American jewelry. Reflecting the traditions and colors of the Southwest, the nationally recognized artists at Bilagaanas produce both classic designs and one-of-a-kind pieces. Dedicated to design consistency and uniqueness, each and every crafts person at Bilagaanas contributes to all jewelry pieces created, adding their unique touches of inspiration and expertise. To own a handmade piece of Bilagaanas jewelry is to own a true piece of Southwestern heritage.