This large fabulous ring is a size 9 1/4 and was created by San Felipe Artist Philip Sanchez.
The Number 8 Mine turquoise stone is a bright powder blue with a dark gold spider webbed matrix.
The stone sets in a smooth bezel with a simple carved sterling silver border.
The hand display is not to scale- it's smaller.
It's marked sterling and signed
It measures 1 3/8" tall by 7/8" at it's widest point.
The stone is 1 1/8" by 5/8" wide.
Weight: 13.9 grams on my scale.
I placed a quarter there for scale.
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 :)
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.
Philip Sanchez, San Felipe, 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.
Philip's father made turquoise necklaces from natural nuggets to sell, but it was his older brother who got him interested in working with silver. It was in junior high that Philip started working with silver and learned the basics of jewelry making. Philip continued throughout high school to perfecting his technique. His brother and father instilled in him to always stay true to his culture which shows in his jewelry designs. He uses clouds and rain along with other symbols which can also be seen in pottery and baskets from his pueblo of San Felipe.
Philip loves to travel and see different parts of the country and has traveled to Canada on several times. He likes to fish, hunt and just about any activity that gets him in the outdoors. Philip, also, speaks several different Native American pueblo dialects such as San Felipe, Santo Domingo, Acoma, Zia, Laguna and Cochiti.