Spider Web Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom
Spider Web Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom handmade by Leon Martinez. This stunning mother of all squash blossoms features 300 carats of spider web kingman turquoise. What a must have for the Native American jewelry lover in you. A true show stopper. The necklace measures 30″ inches long and the naja measures 5″ inches around.
Kingman, Arizona is home to the famous Kingman Turquoise Mine. The city of Kingman itself predates Arizona’s statehood. When it was founded in 1882, there was little more than a railroad siding, a temporary store, a hotel and saloon. The Mineral Park Mine is home to the Kingman Turquoise Mine and was first discovered and mined by ancient Native American civilizations long before Europeans discovered the New World. It is one of the most important Arizona turquoise mines in existence.
Native American Artist: Leon Martinez
Navajo artist Leon Martinez began his jewelry career in the early 1970’s and is considered one of the most celebrated Native American jewelry artists, winning first place awards several times at the Navajo Nation Fair and Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial. Influenced by his jewelry-making parents, Leo and Edith Martinez, Leon began at the young age of nine assisting with buffering, soldering and setting stones. He also helped his parents make squash blossom necklaces, rings, and bracelets during the high demand for Indian Jewelry in the 1970s. Soon, making jewelry became a passion for Leon and his talent grew enormously.
A hard working self-starter, Leon uses nature as inspiration. From plants, to flowers, to rocks, to landscapes, he looks at everything in his environment for his design ideas.
Making jewelry gives me unlimited joy,” says Leon.
Leon’s jewelry is described as early 1900’s old style mixed with contemporary style.
Making jewelry has made me become patient, putting quality time into the smallest item. This helps me to perfect my work: soldering, setting stones by size, measuring for the perfect fitting, and selecting the highest quality stones for each piece of work.” says Leon. “I strive for perfection in each and every piece.”