Navajo Sterling Silver and Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant

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Cecil Atencio - Navajo Sterling Silver
Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant
HK Item #NP556

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Authentic Native American Navajo Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant by Cecil Atencio Navajo

Authentic Native American Navajo Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant by Cecil Atencio Navajo

Authentic Native American Navajo Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant by Cecil Atencio Navajo

Stamped bail has 1/2 inch opening that enables you to wear this large pendant with beads, collar, cable or the accompanying chain.

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Cecil Atencio - Navajo Sterling Silver
Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant

NP556 - $650 plus s/h

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Paula says - "Please view the photo in my hand to get a sense of scale and also refer to the measurements given so you can compare them to a pendant you already have - that way you will know just what size pendant you will receive. Not too big, not too small, just right!"

Material
Kingman Birdseye Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Size
2 3/4" long including stamped swinging bail
1 5/8" wide
1/2" bail opening
45 grams
Hallmarks
stamped:
C. ATENCIO
STERLING
Artist
Cecil Atencio, Navajo

Authentic Native American Navajo Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant by Cecil Atencio Navajo

Comes with 24" sterling silver thick rope chain with lobster claw clasp.

Authentic Native American Kingman Birdseye Turquoise Pendant by Cecil Atencio Navajo

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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.

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.

Birdseye Turquoise is a term that describes turquoise made up of many small turquoise nuggets surrounded by a darker blue matrix. It is similar to Spiderweb Turquoise, but spiderweb has a darker matrix. Read more . . .


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