Robert and Bernice Leekya Zuni Sterling Silver Ring

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Robert and Bernice Leekya - Zuni Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Cluster Ring
HK Item #NR471

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Zuni Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise ring

Size
7
Dimensions
2" tall x 1 1/4" wide
Materials
Kingman 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).

Zuni Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise ring

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Robert and Bernice Leekya
Zuni Sterling Silver
Turquoise Cluster Ring
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Paula says -

"Large beautifully made ring by renowned Zuni artists Robert and Bernice Leekya. 21 rare Kingman turquoise cabochons secured by micro serrated bezels and accented with sterling silver rope braid and sterling silver rain drops.

"Below is a photo of my ring that's like this one to show you the scale on my hand (I wear size 7 glove)."

Zuni Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise ring

Zuni Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise ring

Zuni Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise ring

Questions or more details.

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.

KINGMAN TURQUOISE comes from Mohave County, Arizona The Kingman Mine produces bright blue stones with white and black matrix. It is considered by many to have produced the best turquoise in North America. The terms "Kingman" and "high blue" refer to high quality hard turquoise like that of the Kingman mine. Old authentic natural Kingman turquoise is extremely rare. Read more about stones.

CABOCHON. A cabochon is a gemstone that has been smoothly shaped and polished as opposed to being cut with flat facets. This usually results in a stone with a rounded convex top and flat bottom. Opaque gems, such as turquoise are often cut as cabochons, while transparent stones such as diamonds are facetted.

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