I'm loving this batch of Turquoise Mountain turquoise!
This ring is a size 10 and was made by Navajo artist Larson Lee.
The stone is a bright blue with beautiful darker blue and a bit of gold and beige
It's marked sterling and signed.
It measures 1" tall by 1" at it's widest point.
The stone is just over 3/4" tall by just over 3/4" wide.
weight: 11 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Turquoise Mountain Turquoise and "Birdseye" Turquoise
Turquoise Mountain and "Birdseye" turquoise come from the same mine in northwestern Arizona near the Kingman mine. The mine was closed in the 1980s. It is light to high blue, with both webbed and non-webbed matrix. "Birdseye" describes stones from this mine that show areas of light blue circled with dark blue matrix, resembling the eye of a bird. It is a beautiful addition to one's collection.
Navajo Artist Larson Lee was born in 1960 in Lukachukai, AZ on the Navajo Reservation. He is one of 12 children. His Grandfather Joe Lee was a well know silversmith and medicine man. As a small child he traveled across the country dancing at Pow Wows with his Grandfather. Larson used to watch his Grandfather design and create his sterling silver jewelry pieces as a child. Larson later took classes in general silver working techniques. He inherited not only the skills and inspiration from his Grandfather but the tools of his trade when he passed. Larson has designed everything from boot tips to a belt buckle for Bob Hope. His work can be seen in the 1989 issue of National Geographic. He keeps tradition and modern design in mind when he creates individual unique pieces using his native artistic ability
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 :)