The baby blue or "Robin's Egg" blue Turquoise was mainly used as beads and on shells that the Native American tribes of the Southwest had traded for with the Native American tribes of central and south America. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise also made its way to Pueblo Bonito during the Anasazi times along with Turquoise from other deposits in the Southwest.
Pueblo Bonito served as a trade center for Anasazi Turquoise for North American Tribes, Central American Tribes and South American tribes. Since this time, the Sleeping Beauty mine was developed by Anglo peoples in search of Copper and other meetal ore. The Turquoise was under contract by Monty Nichols. Nichols is said to have "Torn down a mountain" to find the famous Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, which is a figure of speech, not an actuality to show how much work the miner has done to get the stone that has become an icon in the gem industry.
The famous Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was actually re-discovered by accident. The mine was opened to pull copper and gold and it wasnt until relatively recently (1900s) that the first Turquoise stones were discovered by Anglo miners. Even in rough form, the stones are vibrant and bright, even more blue than the bright Southwestern sky overhead. The miner Monty Nichols began marketing Sleeping Beauty Turquoise as an affordable Turquoise.
If you look in pawn shops and in classic Turquoise books and magazines you will see a ton of this jewelry, which is mostly Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Jewelry or Kingman Turquoise from Arizona. Due to the amount of Turquoise the miner ended up running into he was able to sell the Turquoise at an affordable price in order to promote the mine and to make the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise name a house hold name.The gemstone got its name from the mountain where it is mined, which resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with arms crossed. The item "VINTAGE STERLING SILVER MEXICO TAXCO HINGED NECKLACE SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE" is in sale since Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Mexican\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.