A lovely small pendant by Navajo artist Lyle Piaso
It features a bright blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone with just a bit of dark matrix.
I love etched border surrounding the stone.
It comes with a nice 18" sterling silver chain.
It's marked sterling and signed LP
Overall including bail it's 1 1/4" tall by 5/8" wide.
Pendant weight: 4.7 grams on my scale.
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift!
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
The Sleeping Beauty mine is located near Globe, Arizona. Its turquoise is noted for its solid, light blue color with little or no matrix. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is the favorite of the Zuni Pueblo silversmiths for use in petit point, needlepoint, and inlay jewelry. This mine is one of the largest in North America and is still operating. Update: The mine has been closed to turquoise mining since august 2012.