December 10, 2020
I have some fun things to share with you today! If you read one of my last blog articles then you will know that we have been teasing an upcoming piece of jewelry that Gary has been working on for Christmas. Here I am now writing this just a couple of days before this piece of jewelry is set to be unveiled. If everything goes according to plan then you should be able to read this as soon as this piece of jewelry is unveiled via email. Hopefully, this will provide you with a little more information about this marvelous piece of jewelry that Gary has been working on. Plus, if you continue reading until the end I have two more pieces of jewelry to show you!
If you have not yet seen it allow me to formally unveil our surprise piece of jewelry from my father, Gary Glandon! This is a gorgeous necklace with a triangular Kingman Turquoise stone that is packed full of color. This necklace is different than anything Gary has ever made before and it took some serious time and thought to finalize the design. Continue reading to learn more about this necklace.
Earlier this year we visited some of our turquoise stone providers. Believe it or not, but there are not many major providers of high-grade turquoise around. We have a small handful of miners that we visit and typically load up for the entire year. This year it seemed like we came home with more stones than ever before. In fact, by the time we visited this particular miner, we had pretty much hit our purchasing limit, or so we thought. This outfit had some amazing stones and we were blown away by their selection. Many of our prettiest and highest-quality stones this year came from these guys. Compared to some others, their selection seemed so rich and vibrant and we couldn’t get enough. Needless to say, we probably overdid it a bit.
While we loved all the stones that we picked out, there was one in particular that I personally loved. It had such a vivid mix of color with blue, dark yellow and green all packed together. Even at the time, I considered this one of my favorite stones that Gary has had in his collection. The turquoise stone that you see in this necklace is that stone. It is a large Kingman Turquoise stone cut in a triangular shape with sharp points. It is slightly domed which gives a bit of added depth to an already exquisite stone. Sometimes I talk about a turquoise stone that you can just stare at for hours. This is my new standard for this description.
One day in early November my father and I were discussing what to do for Christmas this year. Due to COVID-19, we have had trouble getting Native American jewelry through some of our normal sources, who are based in areas that have been ravaged by the pandemic. Therefore, we have been relying more on Gary making his own jewelry this year. While he always makes a nice selection for us, this year there have been times that we scarcely see him come out of his workroom. Because we would not be able to get as much Native American turquoise jewelry for Christmas, we decided that he would make something truly magnificent as the centerpiece of our selection. The two of us decided that he would design something around this gorgeous Kingman Turquoise stone.
Gary put a lot of thought into how he wanted to make this piece. He first considered making a bracelet with this stone but finally settled on a large turquoise necklace. He wanted to emphasize the stone’s triangular shape with similar sterling silver pieces. These were engraved with lines meant to compliment the robust bezel setting around the turquoise. Each section is actually two layers of sterling silver soldered together. This required cutting eight individual silver pieces just for these triangular sections. Once these were cut, engraved, and soldered together, Gary had to cut and solder pieces of chain to connect each section. Together, these were meant to point towards the turquoise stone in the center.
At this point, you can hopefully see how much thought and work went into creating this turquoise necklace. As I said above, this is unlike anything Gary has made before and I know he had a lot of fun creating it. I hope you will agree that his hard work did great justice to this fantastic piece of turquoise. This necklace is something that I have been very excited to unveil and I hope you like it as much as we all do. As Gary was making this I hyped it up quite a bit. In the end, I sincerely hope that it meets your expectations and that you appreciate the effort he put into this.
Susan had fun modeling this turquoise necklace
This Kingman Turquoise necklace will be available starting Friday, December 11th. It will only be available in-store and not through our website. However, you may call and order over the phone if you would like. We open at 9 am CST sharp! Unfortunately, there is only one of these and I expect some may miss out. If you do, please do not fret because Gary has a couple of other new items that I have posted to our website tonight.
Australian Variscite Jewelry
Another very interesting stone that we stumbled upon is this gorgeous Australian Variscite. We got these from the Otteson family of turquoise miners who are located near Tonopah, NV. Variscite is a sister stone to turquoise and can sometimes be found in the same areas. As you can see, it can look similar to turquoise, only with a greener color. When we first saw these stones we were captivated by their deep color and immense beauty. Gary made a few pieces of jewelry earlier this year using this material. Now I am pleased to show you two more pieces of Variscite jewelry!
Gary made a matching pendant and set of earrings using Variscite. All three of these stones have a bit of brown matrix running through that deep green coloring. The color is really pretty and is sure to draw curiosity and compliments. Gary also added a sterling silver feather that dangles below each of these pieces. He hand-engraved all of the lines that make up the detailing within each feather. Engraving all of these lines took a significant amount of time and effort on his part and we love how they turned out. Both the pendant and set of earrings are sold separately but would make a fantastic matching set. These are unique in more ways than one and you will be hard-pressed to find anyone else wearing something similar.
You can see both pieces of Australian Variscite jewelry in our new Jewelry Collection.
I hope you are enjoying our jewelry selection this year. As you can see, Gary has been hard at work making beautiful pieces for you to enjoy. If you live nearby we would love for you to stop by and say hello. Otherwise, I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. Keep checking back to our website because there might be a few more items posted before Christmas. If you have any questions, comments, or are looking for anything specific please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. We would be happy to help in any way that we are able.
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