Santo Domingo Natural Kingman Beads Graduated Necklace (#60)

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Santo Domingo Natural Kingman Beads Graduated Necklace (#60)

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Santo Domingo Jewelry
24"

The beads in this necklace were once proudly displayed as a set of Jaclas. Jacla is a Navajo word, which translates into "earring." The story goes that, in the distant past, Navajo women often wore large and long turquoise earrings. When their ears became pained by the weight of those earrings they were removed and hung from the bead or nugget necklaces, which hung about their necks. Thus was the evolution from earring to neckwear. To make this set of Jacla more versatile, we had Irene Livingston restring it into one piece. The natural Kingman turquoise is hard, durable and highly polished which makes for an extremely attractive necklace.

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Kingman Turquoise

Kingman Turquoise comes from a large open-pit copper mine in the Mineral Park Mining District, northwest of Kingman, Arizona and was one of the largest turquoise mines in this country. The area lies in high desert country at an elevation of 3,345 feet and is surrounded by three mountain ranges. The mining district around Kingman, Arizona has always been a large producer of turquoise, at one time the world's largest. First mined by Indians, this area was home to the most extensive prehistoric workings found in Arizona.

The modern production of turquoise dates back to the early 1880’s when James Haas rediscovered these ancient Kingman area mines. Much of the turquoise occurred as seams, masses and veins. The color of natural Kingman turquoise can range from light blue to very dark blue and sometimes tints of green. The matrix is from white, light brown to black and frequently flecked with pyrite and times quartz. The mine became famous for its rounded, bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Few turquoise mines produced nuggets, especially of this quality. In its high-grade form it has always been considered among the top quality American turquoise. With so many thousands of pounds of good quality turquoise produced in the Kingman area over the last one hundred years it is hard to believe that today very little high-grade Kingman turquoise is available.

Other names for Kingman turquoise: Ithaca Peak, The Wall, Tiffany, Courtland, Az., Gleeson

Most desirable: Deep Blue with molybdenum pyrite; Real blue with pyrite; Bird's eye; Water Web; Nuggets


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Turquoise; Precious stones have symbolic implications. For example, turquoise if a "collective term for all the precious stones, wealth, or mixed offerings. Good fortune is attributed to this stone." Both white shell and turquoise are emphasized in Kinaalda? More about this legend

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