Sterling Silver Squash Blossom Necklace
Sterling Silver Squash Blossom Necklace with a center stone of Carico Lake Turquoise by artist Kyle Lee-Anderson. The necklace measures 26″L.
Native American Artist: Kyle Lee-Anderson
Kyle Lee-Anderson (twin brother of Trent Lee-Anderson) was born in Gallup, New Mexico on January 12, 1993. At a young age Kyle along with his brothers Trent and Wyatt began working on jewelry with their father Allison (Snowhawk) Lee, a talented well-known silversmith. On Kyle’s mother’s side, his great-grandfather and great- grandmother worked on jewelry, passing along techniques through the generations – making him and his brothers 4th generation silversmiths. Kyle has become skilled at making Navajo pearls and fluted design beadwork from single strand necklaces to traditional squash blossoms. He has been perfecting other types of jewelry like pendants, earring, and bolo ties. Kyle likes to use natural turquoise like Number Eight, Morenci, Blue Gem, Kingman, and Carico Lake. Kyle’s inspirations come from his role models that include: Raymond Yazzie, Vernon Haskie, Ira Custer, Gary Custer, Aaron Anderson, Jennifer Curtis, Kenneth Johnson, and Cody Sanderson. Kyle’s hobbies include skateboarding, hiking, fishing, and playing the piano.
Carico Lake Turquoise
The Carico Lake mine is named after the dried up lake bed in Nevada where this unique material is mined. The mine produces a wide variety of turquoise ranging in color from dark blues to light greens, some with yellow or dark blue “water” webbing. Most sought after is the intense apple green material as seen in this beautiful necklace.