sold Navajo Royston & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Belt B.uckle - Native American
Navajo Kingman turquoise teardrop sterling silver belt buckle.
Width: 2 3/8"
Center Stone: 3/4" x 1 1/8"
Inside Gap: 1 3/4"
Weight: 76 g
Metal: Sterling Silver
Stone: Sleeping Beauty & RoystonTurquoise
Artist: Raymond Beard
Raymond Beard is Navajo, and he currently works out of Gallup, New Mexico. He started silversmithing in 1978, and was taught by his brother-in-law. His first foray into jewelry making produced needlepoint cluster and inlay jewelry. As his skills improved, he moved on to making more ornate and intricate pieces. One piece that he is most proud of is a large concho belt that he made with a crow dancer in the middle and clusters of stone around it. He also specializes in bolo ties.
|Royston Turquoise: Royston gets its name from the Royston mining area near Tonopah, NE, where it is mined. One of the most unforgettable types of turquoise available, this stone is known for its intoxicating meld of blue, green, and browns - reminding one of the desert, space nebulas, and galaxies, simultaneously. The most exquisite pieces of Royston turquoise make for stunning pieces, indeed.|
|Sleeping Beauty Turquoise: This stone is truly one of our (and our artists) favorites. It was found in Globe, Arizona, specifically at the Sleeping Beauty Mine, and is revered for sometimes lacking something that makes most other types stand out: it’s webbing or veining. The highest-quality pieces are as pure as a cloudless New Mexico Sky, and at its finest, Sleeping Beauty will make you forget how turquoise got its reputation as sort of a patchwork stone of different colors. The mine is no longer in operation and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is more in demand than ever due to its scarcity and beautiful color.|
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