Natural Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Pendant by Will Denetdale
2" x 1 1/8"
Kingman turquoise was first discovered and mined by ancient Native American civilizations, long before Europeans arrived in the New World. As a result, it is one of the most important Arizona turquoise mines in existence. Only about three percent of the stones mined at Kingman are naturally hard enough to be used unprocessed. These natural, untreated stones are among the most valuable on today's market. This unusual cabochon falls into that upper three percent and is an amazing example of the unique nature of natural Kingman turquoise. After receiving the stone, Will Denetdale added to its beauty by hand-fabricating a striking sterling setting. The combination of high-grade turquoise and Will's artistry make for an amazingly appealing piece of Navajo jewelry.
Will Denetdale - Silversmith: One of the most talented Navajo gold and silversmiths currently producing jewelry, Will Denetdale is making an indelible mark in the world of Native American art. His name is becoming famous in his trade; his art a standard by which other pieces may be judged. Will's success as an artist is proportionate to his devotion, and Will Denetdale lives to make jewelry.
A quiet man and a thirty-something bachelor, Will Denetdale rises each morning to the sun and his work. It is a life he has chosen for himself. Every day he thinks about his art, every day he is looking for new ideas for his pieces. At night he dreams about his work, the creation process stirring within him. He takes precious metals and stones and shapes them into objects of beauty, infinitely more precious because of his unique influence.
Born at Fort Defiance, Arizona, Will attended high school in Gallup, New Mexico, where he took silversmithing classes. After graduating he stayed in Gallup for awhile, working in the production of silver and turquoise jewelry, but his special talent craved personal expression.
Will now lives in Southern Arizona where he works in his home. When he is not traveling to gem shows or Indian markets, he spends about 8 hours a day working on his jewelry. He has created numerous award winning pieces.
Will likes to use unusual stones and chooses them with care. He has used Chrysoprase from Oregon, Sugilite from South Africa, Opals from Brazil or Australia, and Ammonite from Canada. His turquoise and coral are high quality stones: Bisbee, Morenci, Demali.
Finely detailed, Will's work shows an excellent finish. He has a balance and harmony that sets his work apart from other artists. Will studies art and often mixes contemporary motifs with traditional ones. He is constantly striving to improve his technique and takes immense pride in his work, ambitiously trying to make each new piece better than the last.
Will hopes his work of pride will become someone's pride and joy: well worn and well loved.