Size 7 1/2"
The Blue Gem turquoise mine is one of the most well known and admired of all the domestic claims. The reason being that it produced some of the best turquoise ever pulled from the good earth, anywhere in the world. Blue Gem turquoise is known for being incredibly hard and durable, along with having a great deal of character. The mix of blues, greens, and darker matrix patterns are extremely attractive. Verdy Jake has taken just such a stone and created an old-style setting to bring out the beauty of the turquoise and to set it off in the soft glow and darkened patina of sterling silver.
The jewelry created by Navajo silversmith Verdy Jake reflects Southwest jewelry classicism at its best. Showcasing high quality turquoise and coral with substantial silver work, she intuits a perfect balance between precious metal and precious stone.
Verdy was raised in a family of thirteen children. Fortunately her oldest brother became interested in silversmithing and shared his talents with his younger brothers and sisters.
Now residing in Smith Lake, New Mexico, Verdy supports a family of four children with her amazing jewelry skills. Her family benefits from her evolution into a highly skilled contemporary artisan while the rest of us benefit from the beauty she fashions at her jewelry bench.
Barry Simpson shares these thoughts about Verdy's work:
"Old style Navajo jewelry greatly appeals to me. Verdy Jake has the skills to represent the look and feel of antique Indian jewelry as it would appear on the weathered, textured hand or wrist of one of our elderly native friends. Her jewelry looks good and feels right. Verdy has exquisite taste in stones. . . .With silver smithing tools her grandfather used in his youth, Verdy creates jewelry that exemplifies the American Indian Southwest".