Large Mixed Mine Squash Blossom Necklace
Large Mixed Mine Squash Blossom Necklace handmade by the amazing Matthew Charley. This incredible one of a kind necklaces feature royston turquoise and turquoise mountain turquoise set in sterling silver. This is the mother of all squash blossoms. The naja measures 5″ inches around and each flower cluster measures 3″ inches around. The necklace features 10 flower clusters and 1 large naja. The total length of the necklace is 30″ inches long.
Royston is a district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.
Turquoise Mountain Turquoise
In the 1960’s, there were two peaks about a mile apart located near the Kingman mountain, which yielded fine turquoise: Ithaca Peak and Turquoise Mountain. Then in the 1970’s this mine closed.
Turquoise Mountain turquoise from the 1970’s is light-to-high blue with both webbed and non-webbed matrix. “Birdseye” describes stones from this mine that show areas of light blue circled with darker blue matrix, resembling the eye of a bird. Even though this peak is part of the Kingman Mine, it is considered a “classic” mine in its own right because the turquoise is so different in appearance. This stone exhibits a beautiful range of color from pale blue to lime green in one piece that makes it a sought-after turquoise.
Today, the Kingman Mine is operating again, specifically within the Turquoise Mountain peak. The Turquoise Mountain turquoise that is being excavated from this site looks significantly different from the 1970’s stones, being lighter blue to green in color, with primarily non-webbed matrix. Turquoise Mountain remains highly collectible and is easily distinguished from other stones coming from the Kingman mine.
Native American Artist: Matthew Charley
Navajo jewelry artist, Matthew Charley was born near Gallup, New Mexico in June 1992. He learned his craft from both sides of his family. His father, Lee Charley, is a jeweler and jewelry designer, as are his uncles from his mother’s family, the Martinez’s, who well-known jewelry-makers from Prewitt, New Mexico. Charley loves creating new designs while improving his technique. His inspiration comes from common objects in the world around him, in which he finds art and beauty.