Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Sterling Silver Cross and 14 inch Italian Sterling Chain Native American Jewelry by Zuni Artisan Cecilia Iule NACR-091373 Special Buy Final Sale. Signature Silver work by Cecilia Iule in a smaller style lending itself to both a petite yet bold look. The heavy Sterling setting with Sun Ray stamping is the perfect backdrop for the five clear blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones. This Cross measures approximately 1 3/8 inches from the top of the bail by 15/16 inch wide (almost 1 inch). The chain is a 14 inch 1mm Italian Sterling Silver square Snake chain with Lobster Clasp closure. Italy is well known for their production of Sterling Silver chains. Their process includes finishing the Sterling Silver (.925) in fine silver (.999) which gives the chain a lustrous appearance. Native American Zuni Silversmith Hallmark C. Iule - Cecilia Iule.
The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mine is located seven miles outside of Globe, Arizona. It is noted for its solid blue color with no matrix. The host rock is usually granite as seen in the larger cabochons and free form nuggets. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is a favorite among the Zuni Pueblo silversmiths for use in petit point, needlepoint and inlay jewelry as well as the nugget settings. This mine was one of the largest in North America.Native American Zuni Silversmith Cecilia Iule
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