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"Sleeping Beauty" necklace

American
2008
Giuliana Michelotti (Born in Italy (worked in the United States))


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

Diameter x length: 22 x 68.5 cm (8 11/16 x 26 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2008.1045

Medium or Technique

Gold (24 kt), turquoise, and vermeil

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

The turquoise in this necklace comes from Sleeping Beauty Mountain in Globe, Arizona. The term Sleeping Beauty turquoise refers to a unique variety of turquoise that is ‘matrix-free,’ with no veining. Sleeping Beauty turquoise occurs in association with granite host-rock. The color range for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is a dark ‘Royal Blue’ to a light ‘Sky Blue.’ In this case, oval turqoise beads have been highlighted by fragments of 24 kt gold leaf that have been attached to depressed areas on the stone. The vermail clasp is the artist’s hand-wrought initials.

Signed

The vermeil clasp incorporates the stylized initials (GM) of the maker

Provenance

2008, private collection, New York; 2008, gift to MFA (October 22, 2008).

Credit Line

Anonymous gift