There are rumours floating around that the Sleeping Beauty mine in Globe Arizona has closed, we contacted the mine headquarters directly to get the real story. Unfortunately, the rumours are true. The mine has been closed to turquoise mining since august 2012 and there has been no word that it will ever open again.
The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mine is located seven miles outside of Globe, Arizona. This stone is recognized for its solid, light blue color with no matrix. Usually, the host rock is granite. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is the favorite gemstone of choice of the Zuni Pueblo silversmiths. Throughout the history of Native American jewelry making, silversmiths have used it to create petit point, needlepoint, and inlaid jewelry. The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mine is one of the largest turquoise mines in North America today.
Monty Nichols, owner and miner of the Sleeping Beauty mine, believes the mine is producing approximately 1600 pounds of turquoise a month; however, only 4% of it is considered to be natural. Most of the turquoise from the mine, 80-90%, is somewhat altered. It may be enhanced, which is more expensive than stabilization, and sold to large distributors in this country and Europe. Today, most of the turquoise that is removed from the mine comes from the tons of tailings piles that have been accumulating throughout the years.
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When you shop at Alltribes, you will find a vast array of jewelry. We boast the largest collection of turquoise jewelry, which is genuine. We deal with Sleeping Beauty and Kingman Turquoise, which is native to our area. We purchase our stones directly from the miners, so that there is no middle man to deal with. Then too, we also, can offer handmade jewelry pieces that can be made right here in our shop, in Gilbert, Arizona, by Native American Artists/silversmith that can design, customize and create. We boast the largest selection of turquoise jewelry, silver jewelry and also, other gemstones with many of our designs. We also, have an exquisite collection of jewelry pieces that includes, inlay rings, dangle earrings, pendants, belt buckles, watches and bolo ties. Most of these pieces are formed with silver by our silversmith. Alltribes’ focus is to create fashionable items for all walks of life. We can create for the conservative or for the bold enthusiast. We can guarantee that you will find something in the Alltribes’ collections that will help you make that special connection. Southwest and Native American jewelry has experienced a surge in popularity, over the last decade. For further information, please contact us, we will be happy to offer you our expertise and assist you!