Let's Talk Turquoise

Sleeping Beauty MIne

From a distance, the mountain range where this copper mining area is located resembles a sleeping woman. The turquoise this mine produces is anywhere from a chalky white to a sky blue with a clarity that can rival similar turquoise that is famous from the countries of Iran and Chile. Sleeping Beauty has become famous around the world, especially in European and Middle Eastern markets as well as with the Native American Zuni Pueblo artists in New Mexico. The open pit is located in the Globe/Miami District of Gila County, Arizona.

3 Responses

  1. Because I love Turquoise in the rough,that is to say not polished this is my favourite website. I have some polished pieces bought from shops but am not sure if they are genuine as I don’t know how to tell the difference. Can you give me some guidelines please. Thankyou for this wonderful site.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:36 am

  2. Elizabeth

    I have been seeing that that the Sleeping Beauty mine was closed and sold. Is this true?? I hope not as I am looking for some Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads. I purchased some beads locally, however, there are not enough beads/stones for more than one project.
    Thank You for your time.

    April 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    • Jacob Lowry


      It is true that Sleeping Beauty was closed as far as turquoise production. I have not heard if anyone picked up the turquoise lease.


      May 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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