Now that the Sleeping Beauty Mines are closed to the production of turquoise, high quality material is becoming very scarce and collectible, with most of the remaining roughs in Europe and Asia, as they are considered by most to be the finest turquoise in the world. I acquired as much as I was able at the JA NY show, a trade show for high end jewelry and supplies where exhibitors from all over the world gather and was fortunate enough to find some gorgeous gems from manufacturers in Asia. Due to the collectability of these beauties, the prices have sky rocketed recently, these fabulous gems have become very scarce especially at this size.
Featured in this simply elegant pendant necklace is a rare find at a sizable 23mm x 15mm x 9.5mm with a carat weight of 18, with the sought after robin's egg blue with no matrix. This beauty sways from a 10mm 14k gold hoop, along with 5mm x 3mm curb links. The necklace measures at 16" secured with a lobster claw clasp with adorable heart link extender that adjusts up to 18.5", along with a sleeping beauty roundel at the end of the extender. All metal components are of 14k solid gold.
If you are looking to add sleeping beauty to your collection, now is the time as the larger pendants of genuine Sleeping Beauty turquoise have already become impossible to find.