Carico Lake Turquoise Silver Cuff
Sterling Silver Overlay with Carico Lake Turquoise Cuff by Leonard Nez. This cuff features a triangular shaped Carico Lake Turquoise stone framed by Leonard’s distinctive silver overlay which measures 1 5/8″ x 1 1/2″. It is mounted on a stamped cuff measuring 5 ” x 7/8″ with a 1″ opening.
Carico Lake Turquoise
Cairo Lake Turquoise is named after the location of its mine, located on a dried up lake bed in a high, cool area of Lander County, Nevada. It’s clear, iridescent, spring green color is due to its zinc content and is highly unique and collectible. Carico Lake turquoise is also found in a dark blue as well as a blue-green color with a black, spider web matrix. The Carico Lake mine is primarily a gold producing mine. However, from time to time, the mining company leases the turquoise producing part of the mine to individual miners who are permitted to work that part. The limited amount of time allowed to mine Carico Lake turquoise and the limited amount of turquoise yielded, combine to make Carico Lake turquoise a valuable addition to one’s collection.
Native American Artist: Leonard Nez
Fine chisel, stamp work and deeply grooved silver overlay are the hallmarks of Navajo Leonard Nez’s silver jewelry whose work is featured in the Smithsonian Institute. By combining the elements of the traditional with the contemporary in detailed scrollwork and classic feather styling, Nez’s work is distinct and recognizable.
Born in Keams Canon, Arizona, Nez met his wife Marian through his sister. It was Marian, a silversmith in her own right, who first taught Nez jewelry-making. In 1977, he made his first pieces and by1993 he began showing his work. He is consistently the recipient of awards and his work can be found in private collections, which include a silver bowl at the Smithsonian. An avid horseman and highly skilled team roper, he divides his time between his silver work and the rodeo circuit.
He attributes his inspiration to God and says that sometimes design ideas come to him while he is in church.