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Robert and Bernice Leekya, Zuni Sterling Silver
Natural Sleeping Beauty
Turquoise Cluster Bracelet
HK Item #NBT483 - size 6 3/4

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Native American Zuni Turquoise Cluster bracelet

Size 

6 3/4" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap.

The gap is the distance between the ends. On this bracelet, the gap is 1 1/4" and that is part of the 6 3/4" total inside circumference.

3 1/4" tall at the front;
Central cluster is 2 3/4" wide
Side pieces are 1 3/4" x 7/8"
1 1/8" wide at bracelet ends

Weight
108 grams
Materials
Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
RLB
Artist

Robert and Bernice Leekya, Zuni

RLB is the hallmark of husband and wife team Robert and Bernice Leekya. Robert was born in 1934. He was taught the art of silversmithing by his father, the esteemed Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966) during the 1940s. Robert started working in his signature nugget style in 1953. He has won many awards for his cluster work using high quality nugget stones. Robert's mother was Juanita Cooyate.

Bernice Leekya, born in 1920, is the daughter of Zuni artists Doris Ondelacy and Wayne Ondelacy who taught her inlay and cluster work, her favorite designs being Knifewing and Rainbow Man.

Robert and Bernice Leekya have been making beautiful nugget watches, bolos, belt buckles and belts together since the 1960s. For a time they created inlay and gold set pieces, but when gold prices soared they returned to their preferred work – nugget-style using high quality Kingman stones and heavy sterling silver (18-26 gauge).

Native American Zuni Turquoise Cluster bracelet

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Natural Sleeping Beauty
Turquoise Cluster Bracelet
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Native American Zuni Turquoise Cluster bracelet

Paula says - "67 Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones secured by micro serrated bezels and accented with sterling silver rope braid and sterling silver rain drops. A rare and awesome piece!"

Native American Zuni Turquoise Cluster bracelet

Native American Zuni Turquoise Cluster bracelet

Bracelet measurements

The Total Inside Circumference (total measurement around the inside) is also the approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap. The gap is the distance between the ends.

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TURQUOISE is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.

Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from one of the largest turquoise mines in North America located in Gila County, Arizona near the town of Globe. This turquoise is prized for its uniform blue color with little or no matrix that allows the stones to be easily matched and cut. It is the favorite stone of Zuni Pueblo silversmiths for use in petit point, needlepoint and inlay jewelry. Only 4% of the turquoise taken from the mine is left natural. Most is is enhanced or stabilized and sold to large distributors in the USA and Europe.

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