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Johnson - Navajo Sterling Silver
- $750 plus s/h
Paula says - "Peterson Johnson's work is exceptional. His use of handmade flowers, leaves and vines is distinctive and elegant.
"The Natural Morenci turquoise stone slab offers maximum surface area without becoming uncomfortably heavy.
"When we were talking with Peterson, he said this bracelet is often worn over the sleeve. Destined to become a family heirloom."
The 5-wire sterling silver band has a total inside circumference of 6 3/4" including the 1 1/4" gap.
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.
Morenci Turquoise came out of the Morenci Copper Mine in southeastern Arizona, the largest copper mine in the United States. The most valued stones range from light blue to bright blue. Some stones have an irregular matrix of quartz and pyrite (fool's gold), which resembles silver when polished. Other stones have a brown matrix called "Morenci red matrix". Because of its scarcity and beautiful colors Morenci Turquoise is highly prized.