Natural Damele Turquoise & Sterling Silver Pendant
This handcrafted large pendant has a natural Damele Turquoise stone. It's a gorgeous green with gold/brown. It was made by Navajo Artist Herman Vandever. He does absolutely stunning work and I just picked up several pieces by him. The pictures speak for themselves.
Navajo Artist Herman has been handcrafting beautiful silver, gold and stone jewelry for over two decades. Herman comes from an extensive family of gifted Navajo Artists. His jewelry is uniquely characterized by its sturdy, high quality sterling silver, three-dimensional designs, and stones with silver overlay. His unparalleled skills in saw and file work are evident in each custom-made piece. In each pendant, cuff, bracelet, ring and bolo, he seamlessly combines traditional Navajo styles with elegant, contemporary design. Herman was born in Prewitt, New Mexico in 1964. He and his wife Harriett have two children Kyle and Kayla.
The Damele (also known as Damali) mine is located in east central Nevada near the Carico Lake mine. Damele turquoise is distinctive because of the zinc content that turns the stone yellow-green and increases its hardness. The matrix of Damele is webbed with a dark brown to black matrix. its availability is limited because the mine is small. Due to its rare color, Damele is a collectible turquoise.
It's unmarked sterling and signed.
It measures 2" tall, plus 1/2" bail, by 1 3/8" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 26 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift! Please note: Pictures are enlarged to show detail, remember everything looks bigger on line