Robert and Bernice Leekya - Zuni Sterling
Natural Kingman Turquoise Belt
HK Item #NBU195
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3 1/2" x 2 3/8"
fits 1 1/2" belt
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 1950s. 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).
and Bernice Leekya
Zuni Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Buckle
NBU195 - $950
says - "Seven beautiful, rare Kingman Turquoise Nuggets secured by micro
serrated bezels and accented with sterling silver rope braid and sterling silver
or more details.
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
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