This beautiful handcrafted pendant was created by Navajo Artist Larson Lee. It features a
lovely Number 8 Mine Turquoise stone that is a bright sky blue with a light to dark gold spider webbed matrix.
It comes with a really nice 18" sterling silver chain.
It's marked sterling and signed.
It measures 1 3/8" tall, plus 3/8" bail by 1" at it's widest point.
The stone is 1 1/8" tall by 3/4" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 14.1 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.
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