Robert and Bernice Leekya, Zuni - Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Mens' Watch Tips
HK Item # WM219
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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
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).
and Timepiece Replacement
If you want to replace
the timepiece or the band but your local jeweler is not familiar with Native American
jewelry, we can recommend an excellent shop that we use for all of our jewelry
repairs. After purchase from us, you can send the watch to them for a new
watch face, and a face lift - anything from a light cleaning to a full polishing.
& Bernice Leekya, Zuni
Sterling Silver and
Kingman Turquoise Mens'
WM219 - $300
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)
says - "You are buying two
watch tips. The term Watch Tips refers to the two Native American made decorative
panels that connect the timepiece to the expansion band.
term Watch Tips refers to the two Native American made decorative panels that
connect the timepiece to the expansion band. Neither the timepiece nor the expansion
band are sterling silver nor Native American made. They are included with the
tips as a convenience so you can use the watch right away. You can replace them
if you so choose."
silver tips are 2 1/8" long x 1 1/2" wide at the widest.
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 the heart.
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.
Read more about stones.
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