Silver Gold Turquoise Bow Tie Necklace
Silver Gold Turquoise Bow Tie Necklace handmade by the wonderful Rebekah Chamberlin. This beautiful and fun piece of wearable art features a sterling silver bow tie with 14 karat yellow gold accents with a beautiful piece of kingman turquoise. The bow tie is 2″ inches long by 4″ inches wide.
Kingman Turquoise originates in the Mineral Park Mining District near Kingman, Arizona. One of the largest domestic turquoise mines, it is found in a large open pit copper mine in the high desert country. The Kingman Mine district was first mined by Native Americans; it was part of the most extensive prehistoric workings in Arizona.
However, modern production of turquoise dates back to the 1880’s when James Haas rediscovered the area. Natural Kingman Turquoise ranges in color from light to very dark blue and sometimes tints of green. Matrix can range from white, light brown to black and frequently flecked with pyrite and occasionally quartz. The most famous stones from this mine are rounded bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Few turquoise mines produced nuggets, especially of this quality. In its high-grade form it has always been considered among the top quality American turquoise. This high blue color has become a “color standard” in the industry, reflected by the name “Kingman Blue”. However, much of the turquoise from Kingman occurs as seams, masses and veins, rather then in nugget form. Besides the nugget form, the most desirable Kingman turquoise is a deep blue with molybdenum pyrite; also, deep blue with pyrite as well as in a “bird’s eye” pattern with “water web” matrix.
The mine is currently owned & Operated by the Colbaugh family’s company, Colbaugh Processing. While old natural Kingman turquoise is rare, they have recently gone back into older sections of the Kingman mine and are bringing out some new natural Kingman Turquoise. Although there are quantities of this fine natural deep blue turquoise available, the largest percentage of turquoise mined at Kingman is being treated or stabilized. There are several other names for the turquoise coming out of the Kingman mining district: Ithaca Peak, Old Man Mine, Kingman Duval, Courtland, The Wall and Turquoise Mountain, just to mention a few.
Santa Fe Artist: Rebekah Chamberlin
Rebekah Chamberlin began her journey into jewelry a decade ago, moving to Portland Oregon from Washington to pursue a formal education as a bench jeweler specializing in fine jewelry fabrication and repair. After beginning her career in the jewelry field Rebekah soon realized her passion was in designing and crafting her own pieces; shortly thereafter The Winged Heart Studio was born. From the Northwest she moved to Stephenville the cowboy capital of Texas to continue her education; taking courses in western engraving and other traditional silver smithing techniques along with certification from the Gemological Institute of America. Recently relocating to Santa Fe and heavily influenced by the history and culture Rebekah’s work reflects her vibrant spirit and love of textiles, folk art, and Americana. Her work is often described as a fresh twist on western/south- western design with a touch of whimsy. Collectors from all over the world have sought and commissioned her work, and it has been featured in multiple publications including Cowgirl Magazine.