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"Sleeping Beauty" necklace

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

Object Place: United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold (24 kt), turquoise, and vermeil

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


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.


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


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

Credit Line

Anonymous gift