Navajo Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise Bracelet

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Peterson Johnson - Authentic Navajo Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Bracelet
HK Item #NBT455

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Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise bracelet by Navajo Peterson Johnson

Materials
Kingman Turquoise, coral, Read about stones
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
7 1/4" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.Adjustable - see how;

1 1/4" gap between ends;
7/8" wide all around
Hallmarks
PETERSON JOHNSON
NAVAJO
STERLING
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Artist
Peterson Johnson, Navajo

Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise bracelet by Navajo Peterson Johnson

Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise bracelet by Navajo Peterson Johnson

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Peterson Johnson - Navajo
Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Bracelet

NBT455 - $595
plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says -

"Peterson Johnson's work is exceptional. His use of handmade flowers, leaves and vines is distinctive and elegant.

"Handmade sterling silver leaves float between the turquoise cabochons. The open design lets air flow freely making this a very cool and comfortable bracelet to wear."

Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise bracelet by Navajo Peterson Johnson

Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise bracelet by Navajo Peterson Johnson

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Peterson Johnson is a self-taught artist who has won numerous awards throughout the Southwest and whose work is sought by collectors around the world. He was born in 1956 and began creating silverwork in 1976. He is very well known for his traditional Navajo jewelry, which shows meticulous workmanship and has a distinctive Peterson flair.

Peterson is known among fellow artists as "the machine" because he is SO meticulous in every detail of his work. The box clasps on his bracelet watches, for example, are finely tuned works of art. All of his jewelry is crafted with skill and precision to last a lifetime and be passed along to many generations.

Peterson and his wife Alyce live in Gallup, New Mexico and travel to art fairs and pow wows year round throughout the USA displaying Peterson's silver work and Alyce's beadwork.

Stabilized Kingman Turquoise

The Kingman mine, located in Mohave County, Arizona, has been operated by the Colbaugh family since the 1970's. It is known for producing bright blue stones with white and black matrix, considered by many to be the best turquoise in North America. Old authentic natural Kingman turquoise is extremely rare.

In the 1950s S. A. "Chuck" Colbaugh developed a modern method for stabilizing the color and strength of turquoise. It is an expensive process that takes over 3 months to assure that the turquoise does not crack while being treated. Basically, the moisture is removed from the stone and replaced with an optically clear resin, the same type as used in jet fighter windows. The turquoise is then allowed to dry naturally for two to three months. Although other mines have turquoise stabilization facilities, those at the Kingman mine are widely regarded as the best.

Marty Colbaugh (Chuck Colbaugh's grandson) now runs the Kingman mine and continues the stabilizing tradition began by his grandfather. He says if natural turquoise is not treated, it can become oxidized with oils from the skin and change color. The products that Kingman uses for stabilizing turquoise are clear and no dyes are ever used so the natural turquoise color is preserved and no discoloration occurs.

 

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