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    "Sleeping Beauty" Turquoise Nugget
    Copper Cities Mine (Sleeping Beauty Mine; Lost Gulch Mine; Yellow Metal Mine; Diamond-H Mine), Copper Cities Mine area, Sleeping Beauty Peak
    Miami, Miami-Inspiration District, Globe-Miami District, Gila Co.
    Arizona, USA

    Often top examples of highly collectible minerals are tied to specific localities. In some cases, a certain color is associated with coming from a particular mine. A perfect example of this can be seen with the coveted "Sleeping Beauty" Turquoise from the famous mine in Globe, Arizona with the same name. A defining characteristic of the sought after material from the esteemed locality is the "robin's egg" blue color which is so popular among both collectors and jewelers alike. First found by Native Americans as far back as Anasazi times, the prized Turquoise was, ironically, actually re-discovered by accident when the mine was opened to prospect for Copper and Gold at which point, relatively recently in comparison, Anglo miners started pulling out rough specimens of the "sky" blue mineral. The name comes from the mountain - which was thought to resemble a sleeping woman laying on her back with her arms crossed.

    In addition to the distinctive and prized color, it is the purity of the material that makes it so coveted. As opposed to most other varieties, "Sleeping Beauty" Turquoise has minimal "veining" and webbing which makes it ideal for use in making jewelry. It is also often stable enough to be polished and used in jewelry without requiring treatment or stabilization. The iconic "Sleeping Beauty" is generally considered one of the most important American Turquoise mines in the world. The mine was one of the largest producers of Turquoise in the United States, if not the world, and closed in late 2012 having a noticeable impact in the Turquoise market. It is certainly significant that the "Sleeping Beauty" Mine is no longer producing.

    This massive example of "Sleeping Beauty" Turquoise exhibits the classic look of material from the world renowned mine and weighs a stout 18 lbs. (8 kg). There are two primary faces on this piece of Turquoise which definitely displays the "robin's egg" blue so associated with the "Sleeping Beauty" locality. Patchy areas of tan and earthy matrix are exposed among the smooth blue surface of the primary side which is a rich, colored hue. Lines of black dendrites highlight much of the vibrant Turquoise near the periphery. The reverse face is lighter with "rocky" matrix dotting the more bleached material. This is a very sizable piece of "Sleeping Beauty" Turquoise featuring all of the characteristics of the so highly coveted variety.
    Overall Measurements: 13.39 x 8.66 x 3.94 inches (34.00 x 22.00 x 10.00 cm)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


    Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    2nd Thursday
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