Little Spring - Joy
Top quality sky blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise is the star of this necklace. Accented with several rubies and sterling silver beads and featuring a silver heart-stamped pendant from Thailand. Finished with cabled sterling silver chain, wire, clasp & ring. Beads are 3mm.
This is one of several necklaces in my "Little Spring" collection which pays tribute to one of the most beautiful places in the world - Arizona, the location of the famous Sleeping Beauty turquoise mine. The name Arizona is believed to derive from a native place name that sounded like Aleh-zon or Ali-Shonak, which meant “small spring” or “place of the small spring”. Big thanks to my creative sister who came up with collection name!
The Sleeping Beauty Mine is now a closed mine, making turquoise mined from it increasingly more valuable and precious. The gemstone got its name from the mountain where it is mined, which resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with her arms crossed.