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Santo Domingo Lone Mountain Turquoise 3 Strand Necklace - Ray Lovato (#110) Santo Domingo Lone Mountain Turquoise 3 Strand Necklace - Ray Lovato (#110)

Southwest Jewelry
35"

This magnificent three strand bead necklace was created by master lapidary artist Ray Lovato, and is cut from high-grade, natural, sky blue Lone Mountain turquoise. Lone Mountain is a hard, durable turquoise that has always been noted for holding its color. Among all “classic” Southwestern turquoise, only Lander Blue is considered more valuable. The Lone Mountain mine consists of a series of haphazard tunnels dug by miners chasing valuable veins. The mine was claimed by Lee Hand in 1920, first as the Blue Jay Mining Lode and later as Lone Mountain. In the 1960s, Lone Mountain was converted to a small open pit operations by Menliss Winfield, and to this day continues to be mined in that fashion. In 1979 Gene Waddell purchased the claim with the King family of Austin, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gene has had several partners over the years, but the property has only been mined six of the last 28 years. Ray discovered this turquoise in a private collection and talked the owner into letting him purchase the stash. This necklace is a turquoise treasure if ever there was one.

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $16,500.00
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Santo Domingo, Turquoise, Jewelry, Southwest Jewelry Santo Domingo Number 8 Turquoise Beaded Necklace - Ray and Melissa Lovato (#119)

Southwest Jewelry
Length: 32"
Width: 3 /16"

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $1,990.00
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Southwest,Baskets,Navajo,Native,American,Art,Jewelry,Pottery,Weaving,Rug,Blanket,Manta,Necklace,Turquoise,Twin Rocks,Zuni,Santo Domingo,Fetish,Hopi Santo Domingo Handmade Cripple Creek Turquoise Bead Necklace - Joe Reano Sr. (#02)

Southwest Jewelry
29" long

Our dear old Daddy (Grandpa Duke) discovered this necklace in a slightly different form.  Let us explain: While touring the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Dad met a lady from the east coast attempting to disperse her long held collection of southwest jewelry.  It seems this woman had exquisite taste, so Duke struck a deal.  Within that collection were three sets of matching Santa Domingo Jacla earrings.  When we shared the find with Ray Lovato he claimed that Joe Reano Sr. was the only person who could have, would have created them and it would have occurred sometime in the 1960's.   Since Jacla of this size rarely get put to use, we asked Ray to restring them into a long and luxurious strand that could be presented with style.  And there you have it, the story of a recreation.

Artist: Joe Reano Sr.
Price: $4,500.00
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Southwest,Baskets,Navajo,Native,American,Art,Jewelry,Pottery,Weaving,Rug,Blanket,Manta,Necklace,Turquoise,Twin Rocks,Zuni,Santo Domingo,Fetish,Hopi Santo Domingo Handmade Natural Gem Grade Stone Mountain Turquoise Necklace - Ray Lovato (#136)

Santo Domingo Jewelry
Length: 35 1/2"
Wrap: 6"

Handmade turquoise beads, those are Ray Lavato’s specialty. Ray makes them in the old style, and his necklaces are always, and I mean always, beautiful. One of the nicest things about them is that they get prettier the more you wear them. After a time, the turquoise takes on a personality of its own and, like its wearer, becomes distinctive. This natural Stone Mountain turquoise necklace will make you happy for a very long time, and then be ready for the next generation of wearers.

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $6,500.00
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Southwest,Baskets,Navajo,Native,American,Art,Jewelry,Pottery,Weaving,Rug,Blanket,Manta,Necklace,Turquoise,Twin Rocks,Zuni,Santo Domingo,Fetish,Hopi Santo Domingo Handmade Natural Gem Grade Royston Turquoise Bead Necklace - Ray Lovato (#140)

Santo Domingo Jewelry
Total length: 33 1/2"
Wrap: 4"

Ray Lovato is surely one of the characters of Twin Rocks Trading Post.  As Barry and I will absolutely affirm, Ray never leaves the trading post without making an impression.  Whether it is his off-color jokes or his on-color turquoise, we are always happier having seen him.  This week he brought humor and a great strand of Royston turquoise beads to make us smile.  We feel we can never have too many sets of his beads, since we wonder how long he can continue to produce.

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $4,500.00
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Southwest,Baskets,Navajo,Native,American,Art,Jewelry,Pottery,Weaving,Rug,Blanket,Manta,Necklace,Turquoise,Twin Rocks,Zuni,Santo Domingo,Fetish,Hopi Santo Domingo Handmade Natural Gem Grade Lone Mountain Turquoise Tiny Bead Necklace - Ray Lovato (#142)

Santo Domingo Jewelry
Total Length: 35"
Wrap: 6 1/4"

It has always been our quest to seek out stashes of top grade natural turquoise; whether it’s rough material or individual cabochons with unique color and character.  In this case we stumbled upon some small but powerfully potent trimmings from larger stones found and cut from the Lone Mountain turquoise mine near Tonopah, Nevada.  The trimmings were perfect for Ray Lovato to re-cut and shape into some of the most exquisite beads we have ever seen from this mine.  One never knows where a treasure might be found and what might inspire an artist like Ray.

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $7,500.00
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Southwest,Baskets,Navajo,Native,American,Art,Jewelry,Pottery,Weaving,Rug,Blanket,Manta,Necklace,Turquoise,Twin Rocks,Zuni,Santo Domingo,Fetish,Hopi Santo Domingo Handmade Natural Gem Grade McGinnis Nevada Turquoise Necklace - Ray Lovato (#148)

Santo Domingo Jewelry
Length: 35 1/4"
Wrap: 5"

Mother Earth has an innate ability to produce the most visually appealing substances known to man.  Such is the case with this subtle but attractive turquoise drawn from the home dirt of the McGinnis mine in central Nevada, USA.  Ray Lovato is one of the most prolific Santa Domingo artists currently working with high-grade, natural turquoise.  Match Lovato with McGinnis and you have a fabulous string of turquoise beads.

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $3,900.00
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Broken Arrow Variscite Choker by Ray Lovato Broken Arrow Variscite Choker by Ray Lovato (#152)

Broken Arrow Variscite Choker

18 1/2"

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $990.00
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Royston Turquoise Choker Necklace by Ray Lovato Royston Turquoise Choker Necklace by Ray Lovato (#153)

Royston Turquoise Choker Necklace
19"

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $1,995.00
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Carico Lake Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato Carico Lake Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato (#154)

Carico Lake Turquoise and Coral Choker
17 1/2"

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $990.00
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Damele Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato Damele Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato (#159)

18"

Artist: Ray Lovato
Price: $995.00
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