This striking pendant was created by San Felipe artist Philip Sanchez. It features
a distinctive Sunnyside turquoise stone that has denim blues and black with a bit of brown.
The stone sets in a smooth bezel with a carved sterling silver border. It comes
with a really nice 18" sterling silver chain.
There's very little of this stone I can find on a regular basis.
It's marked sterling and signed.
It measures2" tall, plus 3/8" bail by 1 5/8" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 28.3 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Philip Sanchez, San Felipe Artist and Silversmith, was born in 1951 at the San Felipe Pueblo. He was raised on a large ranch with his 8 sisters and 5 brothers. They grew up tending to a variety of livestock and farming fresh fruits and vegetables. Philip stayed close to his roots with livestock of his own and enjoys horseback riding to check on livestock or just to go for a ride at sunset.
Sunnyside Turquoise Nevada
The Sunnyside mine is located near the town of Tuscaroa in the northeast part of Nevada. The mine is no longer in operation
as it has become part of a gold mining operation and a privately owned ranch. The Sunnyside mine was mined mostly in the 70's and you won't find much of this turquoise around anymore except for old stashes.
A considerably quantity of Sunnyside Turquoise was shipped from the property for several years in the 1970's to Arizona and New Mexico, where it has become part of the well known turquoise and silver jewelry collection sold by the Indian tribes in these areas.
A spider web matrix of colors ranging from golden brown to black set off the unique color of the stone. Part of the turquoise is fairly dark blue and very hard. A little greenish blue color is also found in the dark jasperoid. Beautiful green and blue/green colors are also found. The turquoise from this mine presents some peculiar features, the material has good color and extreme hardness, great matrix markings in the spider web patterns and wafers. The turquoise from this mine is equal to that produced in any mine for color and hardness in the best grades. The veins can run up to 1 inch thick.
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