Authentic Native American Zuni Indian Kingman Turquoise Watch Tips

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Robert and Bernice Leekya - Zuni Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Mens' Watch Tips
HK Item # WM189

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Authentic Native American Turquoise Watch Tips by Zuni Robert and Bernice Leekya

Size
Tell 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 it.
Tips
Materials
Kingman Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks

RLB
STERLING

Artists

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).

Authentic Native American Turquoise Watch Tips by Zuni Robert and Bernice Leekya

Authentic Native American Turquoise Watch Tips by Zuni Robert and Bernice Leekya

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Robert & Bernice Leekya
Zuni Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Mens' Watch Tips
WM189 - (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

$350 plus s/h

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Paula says - "You are buying two watch tips. Striking Zuni silver work with six beautiful turquoise stones from the Kingman mine set in micro serrated bezels and accented with sterling silver rope braid and sterling silver rain drops. A gorgeous watch.

"We include at no extra charge an expansion band and the new timepiece pictured here. (None of these are sterling silver nor Native American made). The timepiece will be running when it leaves here. We are selling you the tips only - the timepiece and band are included free of charge, we make no warranty on the timepiece or band. 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."

Authentic Native American Turquoise Watch Tips by Zuni Robert and Bernice Leekya

Sterling silver tips are
1 3/4" long x 1 1/2" wide at the widest.

Authentic Native American Turquoise Watch Tips by Zuni Robert and Bernice Leekya

Authentic Native American Turquoise Watch Tips by Zuni Robert and Bernice Leekya

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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.

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.

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