Indian Mountain Turquoise Pendant
Indian Mountain Turquoise Pendant handmade by Navajo artist Alvin Monte. Set in sterling silver and 14 karat yellow gold, this stunning piece of turquoise is incredible. The bright red veins poking through the green turquoise creates a beautiful work of natural art. The pendant measures 3 1/4″ inches long from the top of the bail to the bottom and 1 3/4″ inch wide.
Native American Artist: Alvin Monte
Navajo jewelry artist Alvin Monte works in both gold and silver, often making his own stamping tools to create one-of-a-kind designs.
Born in Socorro, Monte grew up in Canoncito, New Mexico. Both his parents were well-known silversmiths but Monte didn’t pick up the trade until he moved away from home. He is a self-taught silversmith. His inspirations often come from petroglyphs or pueblo designs although the execution of his designs is more symbolic than realistic. The result is a more modern verses traditional design that he likes to embellish with various stones including amethysts and garnets for a lustrous effect. Monte is now teaching his young son, who at age nine shows a talent for silver-smithing, thus elevating another generation of the Montes into the artist world.