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Zeita Begay, Navajo
Sterling Silver and Kingman Turquoise
Petit Point Stick Barrette

HK Item #BAR913

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Native American petit point turquoise hair stick barrette by Navajo Zeita Begay

Native American petit point turquoise hair stick barrette by Navajo Zeita Begay

Native American petit point turquoise hair stick barrette by Navajo Zeita Begay

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Zeita Begay, Navajo
Sterling Silver and Kingman Turquoise
Petit Point Stick Barrette

BAR913 $420 plus s/h  
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Size
barrette is 2 3/4" long x 1 5/8" wide
stick is 3 5/8" long end to end
Materials
Kingman turquoise, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
stamped: STERLING ZB
Artist
Zeita Begay, Navajo

Paula says - "There is some confusion in the references we checked as to whether the Z in the ZB hallmark stands for Zearl, Zeta, Zeita or Zieta Begay. We are going with Zeita Begay."

Native American Navajo petit point turquoise hair stick barrette

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ABOUT TURQUOISE

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.

What is Petit Point?

There are two similar techniques of using very small pieces of stone to decorate a piece and they are often confused.

Petit Point is comprised of long , narrow teardrop-shaped stones that have one rounded end and one more pointed end.

Needle Point is comprised of straight, long, narrow stones that are pointed on both ends.

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