Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from Globe, Az. It usually comes in a robin's egg blue and is the most recognized name in turquoise. The mine has recently ceased operation and has been taken over by a copper mining company. Turquoise will not be coming out of this mine in the foreseeable future, however, there are still large quantities in the hands of dealers that will be slowly processed into strands and cabs for the jewelry market. The result of these changes and ongoing popularity in European markets will drastically increase the value of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise over time.
When the Chinese bead manufacturers began dyeing magnesite and misrepresenting it as turquoise, this is the color they tried to emmulate.
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