May 13, 2019
This is just a quick note showing some new jewelry that Gary just finished up. I know that a lot of you enjoy seeing his newest creations so I am going to show you an exclusive look at his latest set. These pieces have already been spoken for so this is the only place that you can see them before they go off to their new home. So let’s dive in!
Gary Glandon, my father, just finished up this matching ring, bracelet, and necklace set. Each has a really stunning Turquoise Mountain stone with a lovely gold matrix running throughout. This is a sect of the Kingman Turquoise mine in Kingman, Arizona. Kingman is the largest mine that is still operational in the United States. It is quite large, so much so that there are different mines that make up the larger Kingman establishment. Turquoise Mountain is one of these mines within Kingman.
Gary is always on the lookout for high-quality stones that he can use in jewelry. If you look enough you can find a fair amount of turquoise dealers around. That being said, there are not a lot of sources for high-grade, all-natural, American turquoise like my father seeks. Remember that because American turquoise is the most sought after in the world, it is becoming more and more scarce all the time. Because of the rarity, these stones can cost us a lot of money and Gary has to be very selective of what he picks. Typically, he only gets his stones once a year when he sees some of these miners. Purchasing these stones online is difficult because you want to see and examine each in person, especially when making the kind of investment that my father makes.
These particular Turquoise Mountain stones have a rare quality from this mine. You do not normally see the gold matrix that runs throughout these stones. Furthermore, while most matrixes consist of other minerals of metals, such as copper, the matrix in these stones is actually turquoise. You are looking at a bright blue turquoise mixed with a contrasting gold turquoise. This is very rare and very beautiful.
Another thing to keep in mind with this jewelry is that it is all handmade. Gary starts with sheets of silver and through the process of sawing, hammering, and soldering, he is able to create this gorgeous turquoise jewelry. The feather/leaf design that he uses is reminiscent of the style of Les Baker, whom Gary learned silversmithing from. Les was the very best at this style and Gary often pays homage to him with this look.
There you have it, a look at Gary’s newest set of turquoise jewelry. After many hours of working on these, I can tell you that he really outdid himself here. As I said above, all three of these pieces have already been claimed. However, if you are interested in having something made for yourself, please stop by the Stagecoach and we can talk to you about the process. I will keep you updated here about other new items that Gary creates.
You can take a look at Gary’s jewelry that is available right here.
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