The Manassa turquoise mine produces an incredibly wide range of colors and qualities of turquoise – from deep emerald greens to deep sky-blue. These lovely dangle earrings are of soft green color. The cabochons are encased in a straight sterling silver bezel and surrounded by sterling silver twist wire. This simple, but elegant, design keeps the focus on the beautiful Manassa turquoise. The cabochons hang from a comfortable French hook which is quite comfortable to wear.
The King’s Manassa turquoise mine, or more accurately the “King Turquoise Mine”, is located near Manassa, Colorado, and is one of the first turquoise deposits found in Colorado and the Southwest as well. It is one of the many turquoise deposits which was actively mined by Native Americans for centuries. I.P. King rediscovered the mine in 1890, and the King family has operated it ever since. It was originally called the Lick Skillet Mine. The mine is not currently active, so Manassa turquoise is quite rare on today’s market. The Manassa mine is believed to first have been mine by the Anasazi Indians.
Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector in Arizona.