This sweet small handcrafted pendant was created by Navajo Artist Larson Lee. It features a
beautiful bright blue Kingman turquoise stone.
It comes with a nice 18" sterling silver chain.
It's marked sterling and signed.
Overall it's 1 1/8" tall bail by 5/8" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 4.7 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
The Kingman mine in northwestern Arizona was one of the largest turquoise mines in North America. The terms "Kingman" or "high blue" refer to the blue color usually displayed in this stone. It has become a color standard in the industry. The mine became famous for its rounded, bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Natural Kingman is highly collectible. Some of the finest specimens of Kingman were mined in the 1960's. This was an intense blue with a black and silver matrix.
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