Multi-Stone Dangle Earrings
These gorgeous multi-stone dangle earrings made with Lapis, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, and Gaspeite are the designs of Navajo silversmith Emma Lincoln. The turquoise stud post is surrounded by beautiful hand done stamp work. From the stud hangs a fabulous multi-stone dangle design with Sleeping Beauty turquoise, Lapis, and the bright fabulous green stone is Gaspeite.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is revered and highly sought after due to its pure sky blue color, which shows very little to no veining or webbing. It is still being collected from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona where a small operation of workers mines, processes and ships the stones. Sleeping beauty turquoise can be found in the southwestern part of the United States in Arizona. This highly sought-after stone has made a tremendous impact on the history of turquoise over the years. The stone got its name because the mountain where it is mined resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with arms crossed.
Gaspeite is considered to be one of the newer gemstones on the market. It was named after the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec, Canada; the location of where it was first described and discovered in 1977. The discovery of gaspeite is credited to renowned American mineralogists, D.W. Kohls and J.L. Rodda.
Gaspeite is an extremely rare nickel carbonate mineral, which belongs to thecalcite group of minerals. Initially, it was discarded as a worthless byproduct of nickel sulfide mining. Most gem-quality specimens available today are sourced from Western Australia or New Mexico, USA. Gaspeite is typically pale green to bright apple-green in color, often accompanied by brownish veins of rock that run through the material at various depths. Gaspeite has recently become very popular among gem and mineral collectors, mostly credited to its rarity and its slight similarity in appearance to rare green turquoise.
Lapis is a deep blue semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense color. Lapis lazuli was mined in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BC.
The total length of the earring is 2” inches long. The width of the dangle is ¾” of an inch.
Native American Artist: Emma Lincoln with Bilagaanas
The collective of artists at Bilagaanas operate around the vision of creating preeminent quality Native American jewelry.
FEATURED ARTIST: EMMA LINCOLN
Emma Lincoln was born in Brigham City, Utah and was raised in Vanderwagon, New Mexico. She began to silversmith when she was 15 years old. Emma got married, had five children and shortly after, her husband passed away. Emma has made a lot of jewelry to support her family and to pay the bills. She is still working as a silversmith in Gallup, New Mexico.