Natural Damele Turquoise & Sterling Silver Pendant
This Fabulous handcrafted pendant was made by Navajo Artist Cecil Atencio. The natural Damele
Turquoise stone is a gorgeous green with gold/brown. The large stone sets in a smooth bezel and
is surrounded by twisted silver wire with stamp work around the border.
It's marked sterling and signed.
It measures 2 1/2" tall, plus 1/2" bail, by 1 1/8" at it's widest point.
The stone is 2" tall by 3/4" wide
Pendant weight: 32 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
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.
Cecil Atencio was born on the Navajo reservation at Kimbeto, NM. In June 1956 to Nina and Chee Atencio.
Cecil's sister Esther and her husband Alfred Largo taught him the art of Silversmithing and told Cecil that no mater what happened in his life he could always fall back on Silversmithing.
Cecil has been a Silversmith for almost 30 years and is known for his large pieces like this Concho belt.
He currently lives on the Navajo reservation at To'Hajiilee', New Mexico with his wife Mae and two children Carmelita and Ephraim, also his two grandchildren Louis and Alliana Atencio.
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