This is a really interesting White Water Turquoise pendant that was handmade by a Native American jewelry artist in the American Southwest. White Water Turquoise is a fairly new find that comes from an area around Sonora, Mexico. We have had some of this material before and it always seems to be popular among our customers. Stones from this mine have a distinct look that is easy to recognize once you have seen a few of them. White Water Turquoise typically has a flat blue color and is often mixed with either a white matrix or splotches. Its color is much softer than most other types of turquoise. A large part of the stone that you see in this pendant is nearly white. It has a milky color that is very unique. Towards the bottom, you have a few spots with a deeper blue. This turquoise pendant is very pretty and has a lot of character for you to enjoy.
To go along with the pretty stone, there is a lot of neat silverwork in this pendant as well. This turquoise pendant was handmade by John Nelson, a Navajo Native American jewelry artist who lives in New Mexico. He added a lot of detailing to this pendant including stamp-work and small silver balls. The stamping that you see around the top and bottom is all done by hand. John Nelson lined his decorative stamp up and hammered into the silver, creating the design. By inspecting this piece closely you can see the intricate craftsmanship that he used. This high level of artistry is one reason why we love handmade Native American jewelry!
This pendant is 1 3/4" from top to bottom (not including the bail) and 7/8" wide. It includes its own 18" solid sterling silver chain.