Is Sleeping Beauty turquoise still being mined?
It is still being collected from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona where a small operation of workers mines, processes and ships the stones. The famous Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was actually discovered by accident.
What is a Sleeping Beauty turquoise?
Considered as one of the most important American Mine turquoise in the world, the Sleeping Beauty turquoise is located in Globe, AZ, named after the mountain range where it is located. From a distance, it is said to resemble a sleeping woman with her arms crossed, hence the name.
What is the most valuable color of turquoise?
The most-prized turquoise color is an even, intense, medium blue, sometimes referred to as robin’s egg blue or sky blue in the trade. The traditional source for this color is the Nishapur district of Iran, so you’ll also hear it described as “Persian blue,” whether or not it was actually mined in Iran.