Navajo handmade Kingman Turquoise and sterling silver Pendant
Navajo handmade Kingman Turquoise and sterling silver pendant. This pendant features a genuine Kingman Turquoise stone. The stone is surrounded by stunning silver work on each side. Navajo Indian handmade by Daniel Benally at Running Bear, Signed and stamped sterling on the back. 1 3/4" Long, 7/8" Widest Point, 1/4" Chain Opening, weighs 7.6g.
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The Sleeping Beauty Mine located in Globe, Arizona is considered to be one of the most important turquoise producing mines in the world. The Sleeping Beauty Mine history started more than 40 years ago when it was originally mined for gold and copper. The gemstone got its name from the mountain where it is mined, which resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back. Its turquoise is noted for its unique color and quality ranging anywhere from "robin's egg" blue to sky-blue to deep-blue, sometimes showing pyrite matrix. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is the favorite of the Zuni Pueblo silversmiths for use in petit point, needlepoint, and inlay jewelry.
It’s pure color and natural strength make Sleeping Beauty Turquoise characteristics a favorite for jewelry makers and artists around the world. It is one of the most prized forms of turquoise for jewelry and adornment and is often stable enough to be polished and New for turquoise jewelry without any treatment or stabilization.
The mine has been closed to turquoise mining since august 2012. The owners of the mine decided to concentrate on copper mining only as the price of copper has risen significantly. There are no plans to open the mine up to turquoise mining in the future.
Native Americans believe that the earth is alive and that all things, no matter how small or apparently inanimate, are precious. To the Native Americans, turquoise is life. There are stones medicine men keep in their sacred bundles because they possess powers of healing. Stones and crystals have unique attributes that support and heal us. Turquoise, especially, is known for its positive healing energy, an aid in mental functions, communications and expression and as a protector. If you’re wearing a turquoise ring and you look down and see a crack in your stone, the Native Americans would say “the stone took it”, meaning the stone took the blow that you would have received.