When you buy turquoise, does the listing give the name of the mine? This turquoise is from the Sleeping Beauty Mine, which is located in Arizona. Commercial mining began in the early 1900's; however, the mine was recently closed in 2012, making this turquoise quite rare. The primary turquoise deposits from the Sleeping Beauty Mine are characterized as having a pure sky blue color which shows very little to no veining or webbing. This REAL turquoise is great for jewelry, bone, or woodworking inlay. The product is sold in 1/2 ounce units.
Material Size: Coarse - material is considered to be very coarse to coarse, ranging between 4.75 millimeters to 2 millimeters (between sieves #5 - #10).
This product is NOT man-made. Please be careful when buying mineral inlay since most products have a caveat in fine writing that states that this stone might be man-made or is made from TruStone (plain stone mixed with dyed resin to make the product seem authentic). Stone authenticity is extremely important to all artisans (including myself); therefore, we validate the source of all our minerals before they are processed.
As with any naturally occurring minerals, there can be some matrix or host rock mixed in with the product. Please see product images for color, approximate size, and quality. Picture taken in full sun - material is dry.