Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Ring
The name "Sleeping Beauty" refers to a grade of turquoise and a specific mine in Globe, Arizona where such gemstones were once commonly found.
Sleeping Beauty stones are some of the most desirable gemstones produced in the world. Sleeping Beauty stones are unique in color and quality anywhere from chalky-blue "robin's egg" blue to sky-blue to deep-blue Turquoise.
The darker the color, the rarer the stones are. However, with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, deep blue is not really the desirable color. As far as Sleeping Beauty goes, jewelers and gemologist are looking for the "perfect" Turquoise, for that sky blue color, not too light, not to dark, with no matrix, which mimics that old Persian Turquoise look, these are the most valuable Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones.
Today, every person who has been to the Southwest or lives in the Southwest knows the name Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and exactly what it looks like. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is revered and highly sought after due to its pure sky blue color which shows very little to no veining or webbing.
The gemstone got its name from the mountain where it is mined, which resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with arms crossed.