Robert and Bernice Leekya Zuni Sterling Silver
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and Bernice Leekya - Zuni Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Cluster Ring
HK Item #NR471
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tall x 1 1/4" wide
and Bernice Leekya, Zuni
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
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).
"Large beautifully made
ring by renowned Zuni artists Robert and Bernice Leekya. 21 rare Kingman turquoise
cabochons secured by micro serrated bezels and accented with sterling silver rope
braid and sterling silver rain drops.
is a photo of my ring that's like this one to show you the scale on my hand (I
wear size 7 glove)."
or more details.
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.
A cabochon is a gemstone that has been smoothly shaped and polished as opposed
to being cut with flat facets. This usually results in a stone with a rounded
convex top and flat bottom. Opaque gems, such as turquoise are often cut as cabochons,
while transparent stones such as diamonds are facetted.