Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant by Nila Cook-Johnson (#01)

Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant
1 7/8" height - 1 3/8" wide


The Blue Gem mine has been closed since the 1970s when it was mined-out by a copper corporation in search of precious metals. On rare occasions, small collections or sample stones become available and are snatched up by jewelers or collectors. This gorgeous, natural stone came from a batch of “Lunch Bucket” turquoise, which gained this designation from copper miners hauling away samples of turquoise in in their lunch boxes. Navajo artist Nila Cook-Johnson did a superb job of setting the stone in a hand-fabricated pendant and chain combination.