This stunning really large handcrafted pendant was created by Navajo Artist Lyle Piaso. It features 5
beautiful Number 8 Mine Turquoise stones, each set in a smooth sterling silver bezel.
It's marked sterling and signed.
It measures 3 1/4" tall, plus 1/2" bail by 2 1/4" at it's widest point.
The middle stone is 1 1/4" tall by 1" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 37.9 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Number 8 Turquoise
The Number 8 turquoise mine in Carlin, Nevada was first mined in 1929 until its depletion. In its prime, # 8 produced some of the largest nuggets of turquoise found. A spider web matrix of colors ranging from golden brown to black set off the unique bright powder blue and green background of the stone. It has been valued for it's beauty and reputed spiritual and life giving qualities. Since 1978 there has been no Number 8 Turquoise mined. There is however, an existing stock pile that Mr Dowell Ward, the last owner of the mine, has stocked away for later sorting. Number 8 turquoise is a very valuable acquisition and a collector's item, because once the reserve is gone there will be no more material released onto the market.
Lyle is a third generation Navajo silversmith, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended Chinle High School in Chinle, Arizona. He went on to attend the Community College in Tsaile, Arizona. After earning his degree in accounting, Lyle moved back to Albuquerque. Upon returning to New Mexico, Lyle began to silversmith along side his father Joe Piaso Jr., who has continued to inspire him over the years.
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