This unique pendant features a prominent piece of rugged turquoise in a one-of-a-kind setting. Made by the late Robert Leekya and his wife Bernice.
Pendant Size: 2" long, 1 1/2" wide
Stone Size: 1 3/8"
Bail: 5/8" long, 5/8" wide
Metal: Sterling Silver
Artists: Robert and Bernice Leekya
RLB is the hallmark of husband and wife team Robert and Bernice Leekya. Robert was born in 1934, and was taught the art of silversmithing by his father, the esteemed Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966) during the 1940s. Robert started working in his signature nugget style in 1953. He won many awards in his lifetime for his cluster work using high quality nugget stones. Unfortunately Robert has passed away but is survived by his wife, Bernice.
Bernice Leekya is the daughter of Zuni artists Doris Ondelacy and Wayne Ondelacy, who taught her inlay and cluster work, her favorite designs being Knifewing and Rainbow Man.
Robert and Bernice Leekya made beautiful bracelets, nugget watches, bolos, belt buckles, and belts together since the 1960s. Their favorite materials to work with were high-quality Kingman stones and heavy sterling silver (18-26 gauge).