Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#162)

Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#162)
Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#162)
Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#162)
Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#162)

Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#162)

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Navajo Jewelry
3" x 3 3/4"

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Bisbee Turquoise

Bisbee turquoise jewelry is highly coveted by collectors worldwide. The signature look for Bisbee turquoise is a dark lavender blue color with a deep chocolate brown to black matrix. Some of the most distinctively recognizable Indian jewelry has been set and photographed containing classic Bisbee turquoise. As with all turquoise, there is a wide variety of quality from the Bisbee mine where color and matrix patterns can vary a great deal.

The most productive period of the Bisbee turquoise mine was the 1950's and 1960's. The mine has been closed since the early 1970's and is currently owned by Phelps Dodge Corp. Bisbee Mine. Arizona, Cochise County. Turquoise is a copper compound and, in the case of the Bisbee mine, is found in the open pit copper mine known as the Lavender Pit.   At this mine, it is typically found as stringers up to a few inches wide; as small nugget-like masses in granite and quartzite; or as minute stringers in massive pyrite.


About the artist:

Navajo Silversmith Allison Snowhawk Lee

Allison Lee - Navajo Silversmith:
Speaking of the silver and gold jewelry he hand crafts, Allison Lee's captivating voice is sincere when he says, "One time my uncle told me that everything we build comes from the earth, like the silver that comes from the earth, or the turquoise that comes from the earth. That is a lot of energy. You put it together and you put your heart and mind into a piece. Then sometimes a certain piece of jewelry- I believe- it is made for a certain person. I usually have a ring, or something, that stays with me for about two or three years, until the right person comes along. And then that person buys that piece. I believe that every piece of jewelry that I make is made for somebody out there- it's made for somebody special. Whoever might be having problems, or something like that. In essence, that energy helps that person get help, by wearing pieces that we make. That is the way I look at it.

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Silversmith Work

When and how the Navajo acquired the art of working metals is unknown but there are reasons for supposing that it was introduced among them, or at least more developed and improved upon by them, since the time they have occupied their present country?

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