Once upon a time...the Sleeping Beauty turquoise mine in Globe, Arizona was one of the premier turquoise producing mines in the world. Alas, this mine's turquoise operations have been at rest since 2012 but the demand and love for Sleeping Beauty turquoise continues to increase as treasured specimens dwindle.
Before this mine closed, Italian jewelers amassed a large number of raw stones in order to meet the demand in Europe for this amazing turquoise variety. The Italians understood the importance of this find and the bounty of stockpiled specimens allowed them to create substantial jewelry designs. We are fortunate to have acquired several of these precious new old stock pieces directly from the carving masters in Torre del Greco, Italy.
Measuring just under 1-7/8" tall and weighing in at 12.6 grams, these 18K Sleeping Beauty turquoise earrings are an outstanding treasure. They offer two nicely sized oval turquoise cabochons set in 18K yellow gold bezels measuring 22.5mm tall by 18.4mm wide. The cabochons are bezel set and themselves measure 19.4x15.8mm by 7.5mm thick, with a combined estimated carat weight of 45 carats. The bezels are accented with twisted wire and the mounts are fitted with pierced posts and Omega clips for wonderful support. Together, the earrings weigh 12.6 grams. They are hallmarked "750" and stamped with an Italian makers mark "909" from Napoli.
The cabochons are smoothly finished to perfection with the presenting faces polished to a lustrous sheen. Completely pure, without flaw and matrix free on both front and back, the backs of the mounts are open to display the natural purity of these stones which remain unpolished on the backside.
These turquoise stones are the definitive Sleeping Beauty hue. Just one look is all it takes for any Sleeping Beauty fan to recognize. It is difficult to capture the exact color of the turquoise paired with the buttery 18K gold mounts in a still photo. In person, the contrasting color combination is phenomenal. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is just so perfect that it is one of the few gemstones that truly earns the descriptive term "breathtaking".
Turquoise is considered a stone of happiness and good fortune. It is said that "he who owns a turquoise will never want for a friend" and be protected from all evil. Indeed, these earrings are sure to bring a happy smile to the lucky lady who calls them her own.
This commanding pair of earrings is just a glimpse of the perfection of the American Sleeping Beauty turquoise stones combined with both the carving skill and goldsmith artistry of Torre del Greco, Italy that is fit for a queen. Cabochons of this size are difficult to locate today, especially here in the U.S. It is interesting that the largest remaining stockpiles of this wondrous turquoise variety is in Europe, but at least it is in the hands of the carving masters, where such a mighty stone belongs.
This blue beauties are a perfect gift for any woman for any occasion. They will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy turquoise care instructions. Like pearls, the "last on, first off" rule applies to turquoise.
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