Featured Gemstone For February. Turquoise.
The many beautiful blues that turquoise comes in are our highlight for February. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is revered and highly sought after due to its pure sky blue color which shows very little to no veining or webbing. It is still being collected from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona. Even in it's rough form, the stones are vibrant and bright, even more blue than the bright Southwestern sky.
In this ring I have bezel set a magnificent Sleeping Beauty Turquoise into sterling silver. This piece was completely hand fabricated. The bezel features a serrated edge giving the ring a south western flavor. The shank was treated with special hammers to create a heavily textured surface. After completion all was oxidized black.
The turquoise cabochon measures 17mm x 10mm and is 5mm in depth. The ring is a size 7 and can be resized.
Kingman Mine Turquoise. The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by prehistoric Indians well over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color. In this necklace I have combined a beautiful strand of sky blue Kingman Mine Turquoise beads with lapis, pearls and a African trade bead. The clasp is handmade from sterling silver that was textured and then oxidized black. The Turquoise beads graduate in size from 2mm to 6mm and the African trade bead measures 14mm x 10mm. Total length of the necklace is 17 3/4".