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Vintage Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Necklace
HK Item #N328

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Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

Size
30" end to end;
largest stone is 1 3/8" long
Weight
203 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
Kingman Turquoise, Read about stones
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown
Condition
vintage, ; excellent

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

Heavy sterling silver beads and cones to finish the ends and sterling silver beads between the turquoise nuggets.

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

Vintage Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Necklace

#N328 - $550 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says: "In my opinion, this necklace shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because it doesn't have a hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more.

"The back of the central stone has a partial crack but it does not extend to the hole and the crack is stable, not moving."

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

"The back of the central stone has a partial crack but it does not extend to the hole and the crack is stable, not moving."

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

Vintage sterling silver Kingman Turquoise necklace 30 inches

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Store Policies

Horsekeeping LLC Native American PawnThe Auntie T Collection

Old Auntie T had a great eye for vintage Native American jewelry and collected for many years. She often purchased highly collectible, important pieces that had one small stone missing or a very minor area of damage.

When she passed away, she left the items to her niece who admittedly had no interest in them yet was reluctant to let them go. We gladly restored these items to their original glory and are offering them with respect to Old Auntie T. Good eye, Auntie T!!

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.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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