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Watermark Kingman Turquoise Ring by Gary Glandon

Handmade Kingman Turquoise Jewelry

You are looking at a brand new Kingman Turquoise ring that my father, Gary Glandon, just finished. Gary gets his stones directly from the miners and picks each out individually to ensure the quality. Kingman Turquoise comes from Arizona and is the last large-scale turquoise mine that is still in operation in the United States. Material from this mine can have a variety of different looks.

Do you see the blue matrix that weaves through this stone? This is sometimes called watermark or water web because it looks similar to the ripples in a body of water. I really enjoy this look because it gives a stone a lot of added interest. You can also see some darker spots in this stone. These natural variations show that this is genuine turquoise, not dyed or manufactured.

Gary used his leaf and feather styling with this turquoise ring. After designing the look he cuts out each little silver piece and attaches it using his torch. Once this is complete, Gary blackened the entire ring and then buffed this off, leaving the blackening only in the detailed crevices. This is something that you won't actively notice but helps add depth to the silverwork. Gary also used a wide textured shank for this turquoise ring. He enjoys these and you will see him use this fairly often. Despite the wide shank, you will find that this ring is quite comfortable and can be worn all day long. Gary always does his best to ensure that his turquoise jewelry is as comfortable as it is stylish.


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