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New Royston Turquoise Pendant by Gary Glandon

by Skylar Glandon August 17, 2018

New Royston Turquoise Pendant by Gary Glandon

My father, Gary Glandon, is always making new pieces of jewelry. Today I am very excited to show you his newest creation! This pendant has a lovely piece of Royston Turquoise set in sterling silver. Gary handmade this pendant right here at the Stagecoach in Kearney, NE.

Royston comes from Nevada and often has a beautiful mix of blue and green coloring. It is one of Gary’s favorite types of turquoise and we both love the depth of color that it comes in. This particular stone has a heavy brown matrix running throughout the blue/green coloring. The brown is very contrasting against the turquoise color and makes this stone really stand out. Personally, I really love when stones have this level of detail. There is so much to look at here, you could almost sit down and study this stone for hours. To be honest, my photography skills don't do this turquoise pendant justice.

I should also note that this stone is all natural, meaning that it has not been stabilized and its color has not been enhanced in any way. Make no mistake, this was an expensive stone! It is large and very high-quality, a great combination. Real American turquoise is becoming rarer and finding stones with this size and character is no easy feat.

This pendant also features a number of different silversmithing methods. Gary used a hydraulic press to create the silver feather that you see at the bottom. After he had the shape, he engraved each line to give the feather texture. The various pieces of silver surrounding the turquoise stone were hand-cut and soldered together. The final step was to blacken all of the tiny details. You may not visually notice this, but blackening these details creates depth and makes the piece stand out more. This pendant really is a textbook of different silversmithing techniques.

What do you think of this Royston Turquoise pendant? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Update 8/21: This pendant has now sold and is no longer available. However, Gary can always make something similar for you. Don't be afraid to contact us or stop in and talk to him about custom-creating a one-of-a-kind piece!

Skylar Glandon
Skylar Glandon


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