Sammie Kescoli Begay Blue Gem Turquoise Waterbird Necklace and Dangle Earrings
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First mined in the early 1930s by Doc Wilson, founder of the American Gem Corporation, Blue Gem became the standard turquoise used in much of the jewelry produced in the 1930s and 1940s. This was true during the Fred Harvey jewelry era but also the early Zuni inlay jewelry inspired by CG Wallace. In the early days the claim was known as the Turquoise Tunnel, Contention and the Pedro Lode. Today it is called the Blue Gem lease as the property was sold to the Duval copper mining company that leased the turquoise claims to miners living in Battle Mountain, Nevada. The gems produced at the mine range in color from a teal green to a bright sky blue. The sky blue turquoise from the mine is renowned as some of the finest ever mined anywhere. It is widely accepted as one of Nevada’s classic turquoise mines. The exceptional natural gems in this fine necklace ranks as some of the best. The thirteen gems were collected in the early 1970s prior to the depletion of the claim. They are perfectly complimented by the exquisite silver work of Navajo jeweler, Sammie Begay. They are set in hand made bezels surrounded in twist wire with a precision border of tiny silver droplets. Each section is separated by hand made chain, allowing the necklace to be worn at different lengths. A splendid water bird pendant celebrates the Native American church at the bottom and a gorgeous pair of earrings completes the set.
Necklace Length Clasp Included: 25-1/2 in. (plus a 1-7/8 in. drop) Pendant Size: 3 in. x 2-5/8 in. (at widest points) Pendant Stone Size: 1-3/8 in. x 7/8 in. Earring Size (Dangle Length Included): 2-3/8 in. x 13/16 in. Earring Stone Size: 13/16 in. x 9/16 in.
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