Rare Sleeping Beauty turquoise necklace by Navajo Indian artist Bea Tom.
When I first saw this necklace it was on display in a very old store in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The store was filled with many American Indian jewelry treasures. This necklace caught my eye for its simple, contemporary design, and the gorgeous clear blue colors of the turquoise. As I learned more about the Navajo artist, Bea Tom, and the rare Sleeping Beauty turquoise he used, I knew I had to share this work of art. Anyone will love owning and wearing this necklace. It is filled with good “juju” as they say in the desert. Bea Tom is somewhat of a recluse now (enjoying his later years) and no longer makes jewelry. This particular design is one he used many times with many smaller blossoms and stones other than turquoise. The variations of blue in the turquoise reminds me of the ocean.
The simplicity of this necklace allows you to wear it with a crisp white shirt, a simple tee, a black sheath, cashmere turtleneck, truly the possibilities are endless.
It has a 6 inch sterling silver extender with claw clasp. 10 turquoise flowers: 8 have 17 petals @.25 inches and one large center @1.5 inches; 1 has 14 petals @.25 inches and one smaller center @.75 inches; and the 10th flower has 15 petals @.50 inches with a matching center @1.5 inches.
The Sleeping Beauty mine is located in Arizona and is closed. Known for its solid, light blue color with no or little matrix. It is prized among many who collect American Indian jewelry. A large amount of turquoise from this mine was exported to Italy and France. Sadly there will never be any more of this turquoise.
19 inches in length including 6 inch sterling adjustable extension.
Certified authentic Sleeping Beauty Navajo Turquoise Necklace and appraised @$6,000.00 Approximate year it is believed to have been created is late 60’s – early 70’s.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information. I will be including this set of earrings so that the you will have a matched set.