This simply designed ring was created by Navajo artist Lucy Jake Valencia. It's a size 9. The Kingman
Turquoise stone on this one is neat! Lots of shiny pyrites, a mineral sometimes found in turquoise
It's marked sterling and signed.
It's 5/8" tall by 3/8" at it's widest point.
weight: 6.3 grams on my scale.
I placed a quarter there for scale.
By Lucy Jake - I was born in 1956 in Socorro, New Mexico, and I'm a member of the Sagebrush clan from my mother's side and Edgewater clan from my father's side. As a young child I grew up traveling through out Texas, Arizona and Colorado. My family eventuality settled on the Navajo reservation near Tohajiilee, NM, where I attended school through the 11th grade. I was introduced to traditional Indian jewelry at a young age by watching my family.
By the age of 17 I started designing and making my own jewelry. I've always felt that my creativity came to me naturally and it was a gift given to me. I have 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy and 24 grandchildren who bring me a lot of joy. I still find time to continue making fine sterling silver and turquoise jewelry and continuing the Jake name and reputation. I truly hope you enjoy the feelings that emulate from my creations.
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.
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift!
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