Kenneth Johnson Sterling Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Enhancer

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Pieced together in a pretty patchwork, this sterling silver enhancer tells the story of how the elements of nature interact. Round, greenish-blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise cabochons add gorgeous color to the oxidized design. From Kenneth Johnson.

  • From the American West Jewelry Collection
  • Sterling silver
  • Gemstone weight is not given for cabochons
  • Bezel-set, round, Sleeping Beauty greenish-blue turquoise cabochons in patchwork design; highly polished; oxidized finish
  • Oversized snap hinge bail accommodates most chains and cords
  • Including bail, measures approximately 2-1/2"L x 1-5/8"W
  • Box, pouch, romance card
  • Designed and crafted in USA

About The Designer

About the Designer

Kenneth Johnson is a Santa Fe artist known for his distinct contemporary mark. His multi-faceted approach to jewelry design draws upon elemental symbols such as the sun, stars, and seeds to create visual dialogue between fundamental elements of nature. He integrates these symbols into his designs to comment upon the world around us, often depicting stories of rebirth and renewal. One of few jewelers from the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes, Kenneth has distinguished his own artistic path and modern aesthetic. His signature techniques and styles include stamp work and engraving to interpret Southeastern Native motifs such as concentric lines and woven patterns.

Kenneth's jewelry is renowned by collectors internationally, and he has been recognized with fellowships from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Raised in Oklahoma, Kenneth currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

About Turquoise


The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is widely recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology, including diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Through research, education, and laboratory services, the GIA serves the public interest through objective gemstone evaluation, including identification.

You can purchase our gemstone jewelry with added confidence knowing that QVC incorporates the GIA's expertise into the QVC gemstone identification quality assurance process.

For more information on the GIA, visit www.GIA.edu.

For more information on the gemstones found at QVC, check out our gemstone glossary.

While Turquoise is naturally beautiful, it tends to be porous and sometimes brittle. Most Turquoise is treated by one of three methods to enhance durability and allow for a better polish:

  • Impregnated with colorless resin or plastic
  • Proprietary Zachery Method
  • Luster Enhancement

Questions you might have regarding Turquoise:

Is turquoise jewelry sold on QVC genuine and natural?
Yes, it is.

Does QVC accept composite, reconstituted or reconstructed turquoise?
QVC does not currently accept composite, reconstituted, or reconstructed turquoise.

Is turquoise in the jewelry sold on QVC color treated?
Dye and other coloring agents are not acceptable as treatments.

Is the turquoise sold in QVC's jewelry brittle?
While some Turquoise is naturally beautiful, it tends to be porous and sometimes brittle. The QVC approved treatments enhances durability and allows for a better polish.

What are the treatments that QVC accepts?
QVC accepts only the following stable treatments:

  • Impregnated with colorless resin or plastic
  • Proprietary Zachery Method
  • Luster Enhancement

Why is the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise almost free of matrix or markings in the stone?
For Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, we closely monitor the range of blue color and the level of mottling, matrix and markings we will accept. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise can have all of these markings in the stone, but QVC currently accepts only Sleeping Beauty Turquoise that is free of markings.

What is matrix?
Turquoise deposits usually form in iron-rich host rock which tends to create dark brown or tan markings called matrix.

Where is Turquoise mined?
Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth: dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum. Some areas that most of the turquoise has been mined: Arizona, Mexico and China. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is from the Sleeping Beauty mine outside Globe, Arizona. The mine got its name because the mountain where it is mined resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with her arms crossed.

How can we continue to sell Sleeping Beauty Turquoise if the mine is closed?
QVC suppliers have acquired large quantities of rough turquoise when they learned the mine was closing. We have been using these lots of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise for our jewelry.

The Sleeping Beauty mine is currently closed and, at this time, there is no new production of the Sleeping Beauty stones.

For more information about turquoise or any of our gemstones, please see the Gemstone Treatment Guide on QVC.com:

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Kenneth Johnson Sterling Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Enhancer 4.8 5 14 14
I can't believe I waited so long... ...to order this enhancer. I'm usually drawn to more gem-centric pieces, but I fell in love with the oxidized medallion look here with subtle pops of color. And boy do the turq stones pop! They are the deepest, clearest blue you can imagine. This piece is weighty and I love the contrast between the high polished rays and the antiqued texturing. The bail is huge and it's so cool that the intricate design continues up and over it. To me, this enhancer begs to be worn long on a nice, thick CP chain. But I can also see it worn up high on turq beads. A winner! 04-24-14
Beautiful! I am very happy with my first Kenneth Johnson purchase! The workmanship is excellent. This was on my wish list after it's premere. I was thrilled when the price was reduced making it affordable for me. Great weight and quality. Hope to see more from Kenneth Johnson. 01-28-14
Not as Pictured I love the silver work on this weighty piece. I was disappointed to receive an enhancer that had such light oxidation that it did not show up at all. This greatly diminishes the effect of the detail. 11-26-13
AWE INSPIRING!!! I don't think I can out-do any of the previous reviews so I'll just say this. I bought two other sleeping beauty enhancers during the 4th of July show,( the diamond shaped enhancer and the cross). While they were both beautiful, neither caused me to gasp when I opened the box as Kenneth Johnson's enhancer did. I was dissappointed when I couldn't buy the large Naja enhancer for 450.00,but not anymore! I think this is the best piece in the American West collection hands down, and I hope I can buy more of his pieces in the future. I am a lucky girl to have gotten one of these enhancers! 07-19-13
Stop reading these reviews ... ... and hit the speed buy button to order this right now! 07-10-13
BEAUTIFUL,GORGEOUS, ETC....!!! If you can, splurge and get this one!! This is the first large enhancer that I have ever owned so I did't know whether I would like the size or not but when I received it and saw it with my own eyes I knew it was a keeper. I put it on my black AW toggle cord and It was love at first sight!!! The workmanship in this piece is so beautiful and it really stands out and what more can you say about the gorgeous sleeping beauty stones they speak for themselves.I will definitely be buying more AW large enhancers. I am so glad I splurged. 07-01-13
Perfect Native Design I have had this pendant two weeks and have worn it nearly every minute since. It is perfect. It's a weighty piece, but not so heavy as to feel cumbersome. It is domed so it won't stick to my skin on a hot day. It has texture because the design is layered. I love the sacred hoop (medicine wheel) in the center of the design. It has everything I believe in it. I might wear something else for an occasion, but this will go right back on at the end of the day. .Oh, and of course the Sleeping Beauty Mine turquoise is perfect. I'd love a medicine wheel ring to go with it!!! Please! 06-14-13
beautiful This is a beautiful piece. Substantial, and well made. I am so glad that this is an enhancer! I can wear it on pretty much anything. I now have the enhancer and the ring. Next purchase, the cuff!! Please keep adding Native American artists Carolyn.. I have an extensive collection of signed pieces. I love it when I get a compliment from someone on a piece I am wearing and I can tell them exactly who made it and that they are Native American. 06-13-13
Beautiful! The pictures do not do this piece justice. It's beautifully made, and will be wonderful with sweaters next winter on a longer chain or necklace, yet beautiful against the skin this summer. 05-10-13
Really Beautiful This enhancer is very detailed and very well done. I do wish the backside had been finished a little more nicely. I feel privileged to own a piece of Kenneth Johnson jewelry! Please bring more to QVC! 04-10-13
Absolutely Stunning!!! Picture does not do justice. When I saw it in person, (all I can say is), WOW - WORTH EVERY PENNY. 04-02-13
Stunning When I saw Kenneth Johnson was going to be on QVC again after so many years, I was excited. Viewed it online, the day before it aired and ordered immediately on Easy Does it Day(which helped with price). The silver work is exquisite and the Sleeping Beauty stones are lovely(really like the size of the the stones for the piece, fits perfectly). I have a copper and silver sun pendant I bought from Kenneth on QVC when there used to be the Native American shows. I wore it to Santa Fe last year and received many compliments from the local Native American artists. Though this is a large pendant it is not heavy. Please continue to bring us more Kenneth and Native American pieces. 04-01-13

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