11 Stone Kingman Turquoise Cuff
11 Stone Kingman Turquoise Cuff handmade by Robert Leekya. This stunning cuff features 11 beautiful pieces of Kingman turquoise set in sterling silver. The cuff measures 1 1/2″ inches wide. The inside circumference measures 5 3/4″ inches from end to end with a 1 1/2″ inch wide opening.
Native American Artists: Robert and Bernice Leekya
Robert and Bernice Leekya have been making traditional jewelry at Zuni Pueblo for five decades. Characterized by hand-cut stones, their work consists of bracelets, bolo ties, belt buckles and more. Robert Leekya’s jewelry is always adorned with natural, gem quality turquoise and this bolo tie is no exception. Born in 1934, Robert was taught by his father, a master Zuni jeweler Leekya Deyuse. He is often just referred to as Leekya. Born in 1889, he remained active in his craft until his passing in 1966. What a piece of Native American history. Now advanced in years, their production has dwindled to a mere trickle.
Vintage Native American Jewelry
Vintage Native American jewelry typically features traditional styles, a dark silver patina and often, rare types of turquoise from mines which are now depleted. Our vintage jewelry usually ranges from the 1930s to 1970s and the artists are often unknown because prior to the 1960s, artists rarely signed their jewelry. Most of our vintage jewelry is acquired from private collections and we feel honored to pass on these treasured pieces to new owners. We recommend leaving the patina on old jewelry, as polishing can diminish the value. When you collect vintage jewelry, you own a small piece of history.