High-Grade Kingman Turquoise Necklace by Gary Glandon


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Beautiful Handmade Turquoise Jewelry

Every year Gary Glandon makes a special piece of jewelry for the holiday season. This is that special piece for 2021. This necklace has three gorgeous Kingman turquoise stones that are set in sterling silver. Gary got these straight from the turquoise miners in Arizona. Kingman is the only remaining large turquoise mine that is still in operation in the United States. Because it is such a large operation, you tend to find a vast range of quality in the material from this mine. You get lots of low-quality material that requires stabilization. At the other end of the spectrum, you find some amazing stones of superb quality. You can tell just by looking at these three stones that they are high-grade. These three have brown mixed with blue, a highly contrasting appearance. The larger stone also has some yellow and green splotches that add a lot of interest. Together, the three of these make something really special.

Gary used some nice silverwork in this necklace. He used a notched bezel design that I always enjoy. This robust bezel gives the stones a nice robust border that helps draw your eyes. For backing, Gary added a silver plate that he textured using a stamp. This texturing gives this turquoise necklace even more detail, as if there wasn't enough already. It's these details, along with the one-of-a-kind stones, which make this necklace remarkable. You will never see another turquoise necklace like this!

This Kingman turquoise necklace was quite a project for Gary. As I stated above, this is a special piece that is a bit more extensive than his usual work. He worked on this off and on for a couple of weeks while juggling other work. Keep in mind that each of the three sections in this necklace takes the work of a single typical pendant that he might make. After that point, he still had to connect the sections together and add the sterling silver chain. When you consider how much time went into handmaking this as well as the three high-grade Kingman turquoise stones, you can see what a special necklace this is. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

This necklace is solid sterling silver. It measures twenty-four inches in length total. However, you can very easily clasp this shorter if you so choose. You can shorten this down to eighteen inches or anywhere in between.