Thirty-nine ovals of gorgeous natural, untreated “Persian Blue” turquoise are set in perfect symmetry on this deep-stamped, sculpted-edge cuff. All the stones show a continuity of incomparably vivid blue coloration. Each of the ovals is set in a straight-edged bezel and raindrops are interspersed between the stone sets around the edge of the cluster.
The cuff has an undulating scalloped edge and shows the deep, precise stamp work for which Andy is well-known. This is a classic wide Navajo cuff with beautiful turquoise of exceptional color. The confluence of legendary turquoise with traditional Navajo silversmithing is a marriage made in heaven.
Persian Turquoise comes from a number of mines in modern day Iran. Many mines were worked around old caravan routes. Throughout the centuries, the intense sky-blue Iranian turquoise, known as “Persian turquoise,” has been the most sought after. Firm evidence exists that Persian Turquoise these mines were heavily worked beginning in the 10th century, but there is also evidence that some of the mines near the surface may have been exploited as early as 2100 B.C. Persian Turquoise has been used in jewelry for thousands of years and will most likely continue to be used for thousands of years more.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Acquired through a collector in New Mexico