Five Strand Navajo Pearl Turquoise Necklace
Five Strand Navajo Pearl Turquoise Necklace handmade by Rose Martin and Bernise Chavez. This stunning statement necklace features a beautiful piece of kingman turquoise surrounded by 5 strands of handmade Navajo pearls. The bead portion of the necklace measures 14″ inches with an adjustable extender that can be worn at 16, 17, or 18″ inches long. The piece of turquoise measures 3″ inches long by 2″ inches wide at its widest.
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.
Native American Artists: Rose Martin & Bernice Chavez
FEATURED ARTIST: ROSE MARTIN
Rose is a Navajo artist from Pinedale, New Mexico. She learned the art of making silver beads from her aunt Nellie, who was among the first to create handmade Navajo beads. Every member of Rose’s family has made beads, including two of her children. She has been making her living, doing what she learned in her youth, for over 30 years. Her beads are carefully made with pride, making hers stand out from the rest.
FEATURED ARTIST: BERNICE CHAVEZ
Bernice is a Navajo artist from New Mexico. She is recognized for her outstanding sterling silver and turquoise work. Her attention to detail is displayed in each one of her pieces of wearable art.
Authentic Navajo Pearls are sterling silver beads made entirely by hand by Native American silversmiths. Handmade Navajo Pearls are hand-crafted by using heavy gauge sterling silver from which they cut, stamp, drill, solder, file, polish, and string. Handmade beads are very labor intensive, therefore much more expensive than bench made beads. Because each bead is made individually, there will be slight variations from bead to bead.