This big handcrafted pendant was created by Navajo Artist & Silversmith Gilbert Tom.
The stunning Number 8 Mine Turquoise stone is a powder blue with a light to dark gold and brown matrix.
It has a classic Old Pawn finish with twisted silver wire, stamp work and applied sterling silver concho like buttons.
It's marked sterling and signed.
It measures 2 1/2" tall, plus 5/8" bail by 1 1/2" at it's widest point.
The stone is 1 3/4" tall by 1" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 28.6 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.
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