Rare Vintage Arizona Castle Dome Turquoise Stones & Silver Bead Necklace 22 L
P ictures cannot describe how beautiful this rare Castle Dome Turquoise & Silver necklace is. Necklace length is 22 long. Necklace contains 45 turquoise stones with chocolate brown matrix swirls - the largest stone measuring 9 cm circumference. Stones are interspersed with 10 silver engraved balls. Necklace was recently professionally restrung on wire. Castle Dome Turquoise is one of the most predominant and most classic Arizona Turquoise in Southwestern jewelry. The Castle Dome turquoise mine is located about 30 miles from the Sleeping Beauty mine, near Globe, Arizona. The Castle Dome mine has not been in operation since the early 1970s. The turquoise deposit had been depleted. Castle Dome was operated as an open pit mine. The site has since been reclaimed, meaning it has been filled in and replanted with native plants and grasses. Castle Dome is known for its incredible bright blue color and was widely used in vintage turquoise jewelry by Native American jewelry artisans; you will find blue & green turquoise from the Catle Dome mine in a lot of old cluster jewelry and Zuni jewelry. Castle Dome is distinguished from Sleeping Beauty by its more vibrant blue and the presence of more matrix. The matrix in Castle Dome turquoise is light brown to gold in color. This stone is unique because of the honey brown crust that is present before it is cut.
Most of the remaining Castle Dome turquoise has been stabilized and cut into beads. The natural stone is extremely rare and hard. Castle Dome beads offer a beautiful statement as you will see when you wear this necklace. Thank you for your interest. The item "Rare Vintage Arizona Castle Dome Turquoise Stones & Silver Bead Necklace 22 L" is in sale since Friday, June 5, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "*jazzontherocks*" and is located in Chandler, Arizona.
This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country of Origin: United States
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Material: Turquoise Stones; silver
- Featured Refinements: Vintage Turquoise Necklace
- Type: Beads
- Metal Purity: Unknown
- Artisan: unknown
- Main Stone: Castle Dome Turquoise
- Brand: Handmade Native American
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Jewelry Type: Necklace
- Tribal Affiliation: possibly Navajo or Zuni