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Robert and Bernice Leekya - Zuni Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Ladies Watch Tips
HK Item # WL399
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include at no extra charge an expansion band and the new timepiece pictured here.
(Neither the band or timepiece are sterling silver nor Native American made).
We are selling you the tips only - the timepiece and band are included free of
charge. The timepiece will be working when we send it but we make no warranty
on its function. With that said, I have never had one of these watches fail me,
but then I don't wear my watch in the shower or while doing dishes."
us in the note section of your order what size wrist you want this watch to fit
and we will put the appropriate size expansion band on the watch before we send
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.
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
or more details.
says - "You are buying two watch tips. The term
Watch Tips refers to the two Native American made decorative panels that connect
the timepiece to the expansion band. Striking Zuni silver work with four beautiful
turquoise stones from the Kingman mine set in micro serrated bezels and accented
with sterling silver rope braid and sterling silver rain drops."
silver tips are
1 3/8" long x 1" wide at the widest.
watch tips take a wider band than most.
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
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.
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.