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Ten New PIeces of Sonoran Gold Turquoise Jewelry

by Skylar Glandon June 16, 2022

Ten New PIeces of Sonoran Gold Turquoise Jewelry

There has been a lot going on at Stagecoach lately. Some new faces are working in the store, and we have been gearing up for the summer traveler season. We stay open longer hours and have new giftware items that customers seem to enjoy. Most notably for you, we have been busy making new jewelry! So much so that we have lumped ten new pieces of Sonoran Gold Turquoise Jewelry into one big release. We have never done a jewelry launch quite like this and hope you like the selection. Let’s dive into this huge jewelry launch!

All ten pieces in this jewelry launch are handmade here at Stagecoach. They all feature beautiful Sonoran Gold Turquoise, one of our most popular stones since its first appearance three or four years ago. Sonoran Gold Turquoise is mined in Mexico, near to the United States border. It owes its popularity to its vivid green coloring, which is quite different from most other types of turquoise. Going further, some of this material carries a mixture of green and blue colors, which is a stunning combination. Sonoran Gold Turquoise is a wonderful stone that continues to grow in popularity.

As stated above, the ten pieces of jewelry that we unveiled on June 16th were handmade here at Stagecoach. Seven of these were made by Gary Glandon, while three were done by me, Skylar Glandon. I have really enjoyed spending more time making my own jewelry. My three pieces encompass two pendants and one ring. The ring has an egg-shaped turquoise stone with a deep green color and a heavy brown matrix. I added engraved arrows to both sides of the shank that point to this center stone. The arrows were blackened to help them stand out. I sometimes like to add small details for an extra bit of character. For this ring, I stamped a diamond shape on the inside of the shank under the stone. No one except the wearer will know that this small detail is there.

Sonoran Turquoise Ring by Skylar Glandon

The two pendants that I made each have their own distinct style. One has a large round stone with a small silver border. I gave this border a hammered texture that is simple and unassuming. The hammered portion reflects light with a slight glitter effect. The second pendant has a teardrop-shaped stone that is equally pretty. For this pendant, I used two layers of silver that were soldered together. The bottom is straight shiny silver and acts as a border. The smaller layer is textured and oxidized, a pleasant contrast. Turn this pendant to the backside and you will find that I engraved my name in large letters. There are two reasons that I used such a large signature. I wanted to try a different technique to see if I could successfully engrave my name in such a way. Also, it is a shame that many Native American jewelry artists stamp their work with tiny initials. These names are often difficult to identify and forgotten with time. I selfishly think artists should be proud of their work and display their names prominently. Do not fret however, I do not plan to do this with all or even most of my jewelry. None of my other pieces have such a large signature.

Two-Layer Sonoran Turquoise Pendant by Skylar GlandonTwo-Layer Turquoise Pendant - Reverse Side

Gary went to town with his part of this collection and gave us everything but the kitchen sink. In the course of a couple of weeks he handmade three pendants, three rings, and one pair of earrings. Clearly, he has been busy. What’s more, he utilized several distinctive styles in these seven pieces. The three pendants are all completely different in style and size. The largest pendant is my favorite of this collection because it has a stunning turquoise stone with a wonderful combination of blue and green colors. These colors are so vibrant that you can see them from across a room. Gary added an elegant and modern silver border to this pendant that completes the look. While this is my favorite of the new Sonoran Gold Turquoise jewelry, all the pieces are fantastic. The rings are all great and I would have a tough time choosing between them. I enjoy the robust styling of the two rings with wide bands, while the third has Gary’s signature flower and leaf style that we love so much. Finally, the earrings have vibrant green coloring with that same elegant silver work from the large pendant.

Gary Glandon Sonoran Gold Turquoise Ring

I hope that you enjoy this new collection of Sonoran Gold Turquoise jewelry. I don’t recall ever unveiling so many pieces of our original work all at one time. This is certainly not cookie-cutter jewelry that we can pop out in a short amount of time either. Fully handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry like this takes considerable time and effort. From the design process to cutting and soldering to finally setting the turquoise stone, a lot goes into creating these pieces. Unveiling these to you after all of this work is a proud experience for us and we truly hope that you enjoy what you see. Please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this new turquoise jewelry collection.

You can see our full collection of Sonoran Gold Turquoise Jewelry right here!

Colorful Sonoran Gold Turquoise Pendant by Gary Glandon

Skylar Glandon
Skylar Glandon


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