Leonard Nez Darling Darlene Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace and Earrings
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Darling Darlene turquoise is among the rarest found in Nevada. A tiny amount of gem grade was mined in the late 60s and early 70s from a tiny hat claim near Battle Mountain in the northern part of the state, that then disappeared forever. The 22 natural gems in this masterpiece squash necklace represents the highest grade, deep lime green with golden and reddish brown matrix. The large center stone of the naja exhibits complex spiderweb matrix and is the perfect focal point. It is astonishing to see this much rare turquoise in a single piece. Navajo jeweler Leonard Nez has set each stone in a shadowbox design with stars and droplets for an unusual effect. The necklace is a collaborative design with Margaret Lee who hand made the heavy beautiful beads, finishing the necklace to perfection. The completed necklace and earring set is truly a one of a kind collectible.
Necklace Length: 24-3/4 in. (plus a 3-1/4 in. drop) Naja Size: 3-1/4 in. x 2-5/8 in. (at widest points) Naja Upper Center Stone Size: 1-3/8 in. x 11/16 in. Naja Dangle Stone Size: 9/16 in. x 7/16 in. Avg Blossom Size: 1-3/8 in. x 3/4 in. Avg Blossom Stone Size: 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. Earring Size: 1-1/8 in. x 5/8 in. Earring Stone Size: 9/16 in. x 7/16 in. Dangle Length: 1-7/8 in.
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