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Robert and Bernice Leekya, Zuni  -  Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Mens' Watch Tips
HK Item # WM229

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Authentic Native American Zuni Turquoise Watch Tips

"We include at no extra charge an expansion band and a timepiece with battery (none of which are sterling silver nor Native American made)."

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Tell 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 it.
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Kingman Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver tips, Read about silver
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RLB
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Robert and Bernice Leekya, Zuni

Authentic Native American Zuni Turquoise Watch Tips

Authentic Native American Zuni Turquoise Watch Tips

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Robert & Bernice Leekya, Zuni
Sterling Silver
Kingman Turquoise Mens' Watch Tips
WM229 - (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "You are buying two watch tips. Striking Zuni silver work with six beautiful turquoise stones from the Kingman mine set in micro serrated bezels and accented with sterling silver rope braid and sterling silver rain drops. A gorgeous watch.

"The 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."

Authentic Native American Zuni Turquoise Watch Tips

Sterling silver tips are
1 3/4" long x 1 3/8" wide at the widest.

Authentic Native American Zuni Turquoise Watch Tips

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Robert 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).

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.

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.

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