Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Bracelet
5" with 1 1/4" opening
The Sleeping Beauty turquoise mine near Globe, Arizona has been closed for several years now, and as Eugene Livingston is fond of saying, “It is sorely missed in this business.” Eugene had a small reserve of the high-quality material before the mine shut down and has used it sparingly ever since. Fortunately, he brought some into the light and cut it for this beautiful cluster bracelet. Eugene’s clean and precise detail work, along with the natural beauty of the turquoise, makes this bracelet a true collector’s piece.
Eugene is one of those rare artists who has mastered not just one or two methods, but a myriad of jewelry techniques. As a young man, he trained under other talented silversmiths After many decades of steady work, Eugene is skilled at metal fabrication, casting, making his own silver ingots, and most importantly for his work, the ability to cut stones. In his work below, you will see beautiful cut teardrop and pyramid cut Sleeping Beauty turquoise and coral. His two newest pieces with Carico Lake turquoise demonstrate his mastery of silver stamp work.
When discussing his work, Eugene talks about commitment. This theme comes up again and again with various artists with whom I have spoken. Eugene dedicated himself to his artwork and when you see him work, you truly realize the depth of his experience. He works as if he were breathing, naturally and seemingly effortlessly. We are fortunate to have such a skilled artist close by and hope you enjoy his classic creations.