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Arizona is currently the most important producer of turquoise by value. Several mines exist in the state, two of them more famous because of their unique color and quality and are considered the best in the industry. The Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe ceased turquoise mining in August 2012. The mine chose to send all of its ore to the crusher and to concentrate on copper production due to the rising price of copper on the world market. The price of natural untreated Sleeping Beauty turquoise has risen dramatically since the mine's closing. The Kingman Mine, as of 2015, still operates alongside a copper mine outside of the city. Other mines include the Blue Bird mine, Castle Dome, and Ithaca Peak, but they are mostly inactive due to the high cost of operations and federal regulations The Phelps Dodge Lavender Pit mine at Bisbee ceased operations in 1974 and never had a turquoise contractor. All Bisbee turquoise was "lunch pail" mined. It came out of the copper ore mine in miners' lunch pails. Morenci and Turquoise Peak are either inactive or depleted. Thus, most of the turquoise that we acquire and purchase is delivered to us in miner’s buckets. Plus, we deal directly with the miners, and there is no middle man. You are getting the real deal!