Handmade Pendant Sterling Silver set with a 9.5 carat natural Bisbee Turquoise stone is surrounded by oval Spiny Oyster stones
Made by Native American Navajo Artist Russell Sam
The "Lavender Pit" mine is known worldwide for its size and the host rock does have a natural Red/Brown or some say lavender color; most Bisbee turquoise formed in and near this same host limestone material
The lavender name is so appropriate but is actually referencing a Phelps Dodge executive from when the mine was fully operational.
(the mine closed in the 1970's)
This Bisbee Turquoise gem weighs approximately 9.5 carats
This gemstone is NOT stabilized or treated, only mined, carved and polished
Natural Bisbee turquoise gemstones such as this piece are extremely rare and collectable
The Pendant measures approx. 46 MM long not including the bail and approx. 38 MM wide.
This total weight Approx. over 23.5 grams.
Stamped with Russell's Hallmark: "Russell Sam Sterling"
Russell uses traditional techniques, forming methods and individually sizes his rings. His jewelry is hand crafted and will show evidence of tool marks, scratches, pits and other small flaws in the silver work
For size reference we usually include US. Coins and currency A Dime is approx. 17.5 MM or 11/16" A Silver Dollar is approx. 37.5 MM in diameter (Just under 1 ½ “) A penny is just under 19 MM approx. ¾” (A Quarter is approx. 24 MM or 15/16" ) A half dollar is just over 30 MM or just under 1 ¼” A Nickel is approx. 21 MM