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Navajo Sterling Silver
Turquoise Horse Pin
Paula says - "Wonderful old style pin made from sterling silver; hand cut, deeply hand-stamped, smoothed and polished leaving some areas intentionally oxidized or darkened. A polished turquoise stone is set in a hand-cut serrated bezel. Sterling silver rope braid encircles the bezel. Albert Cleveland typically uses King's Manassa turquoise, known for its brilliant greens with gold or brown matrix.
"Albert Cleveland is currently making most of his retro-style jewelry from copper and nickel silver. So, we are pleased to be able to offer these sterling silver pins from our inventory stash."
Albert Cleveland is of the Dashchanii clan and was born on the Navajo reservation near Mt. Taylor. He and his wife live near Gallup, New Mexico. He His brother is Bobby Cleveland and his parents Etta and Philip Cleveland. Cleveland signs his pieces AC if he works on them alone or AJC when his wife Jacqualine works with him. Albert Cleveland works in a retro style, reminiscent of the 1940's curio shop work which featured Native American symbols such as thunderbirds, Horses, Horses, Horses and other animals.
King's Manassa Turquoise (Conejos County, Colorado) is best known for its brilliant greens and golden and brown non-webbed matrices, but blue and blue-green stone is found there as well. This site, east of the town of Manassa, was originally mined by Ancestral Pueblo peoples. It was rediscovered in 1890 by gold prospector I.P. King, and his descendants still work the claim.
HORSE - The Horse Spirit inspires our dreams, awakens passion, carries us far and fast, and brings us close to our instinctual and authentic nature. Horse enables us to move beyond our limitations and run freely. Spirit or Medicine Horses were and are extremely helpful in guidance, healing, protection and ceremony. Horse represents wisdom, physical power and unearthly power. Horse enables healers to travel in Spirit energy, using Horse to help guide them to the answer. Horse symbols can express our magical side. Horse is also known as a symbol of freedom and independence.