This outstanding Necklace features a 3-stone Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant by Santa Fe artist David Umpleby. The top stone is Fox Turquoise from Lander County, Nevada; it is rich turquoise in color with gray matrix. The middle stone is Royston Ribbon Turquoise from the Royston District near Tonopah, Nevada; the stone is cream with a Turquoise ribbon and dark gray matrix. The bottom stone is Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Globe, Arizona; it is classic sky-blue with brown matrix. The 3 Turquoise stones work beautifully together, complementary in color and shape. The Turquoise is set in raised Sterling Silver Bezels on Sterling Plate, and wrapped by 2 Sterling Silver Hearts and 35 Sterling Silver Balls. The Hearts are crafted from Sterling Silver Wire, while the Balls are crafted from molten Sterling, then shaped and soldered in place. The artistry is impressive, with each sequence of Sterling Balls graduated and positioned in graceful curves. The Turquoise and Sterling Silver elements are all backed by Copper Plate, adding strength to the piece and providing a base for a large, curved Copper Bail which is attached to the back of the Pendant. An impressive work of art. We've paired the Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant with 6 strands of 4mm Turquoise Rondelles in myriad shades of turquoise-blue. The Rondelles are beautifully crafted and are high-quality stone. The are complemented by 4mm transparent green Fire Polished Glass, which is faceted and gives off a faint sparkle. The Turquoise is highlighted by six 8mm Sterling Silver Rounds paired with Sterling Dotted Wheel Spacers, and by six 6mm Sterling Silver Rounds. The Sterling mirrors the handcrafted Balls on Pendant, adding symmetry and appeal. At the top of the Necklace the 6 strands of Turquoise transition to 6 strands of 3mm Olive Shell Heishi, streamlining the silhouette and ensuring a comfortable fit. The Necklace is finished with Sterling Silver Rounds and Toggle Clasp and adorned with a Southwest Designs Sterling Charm. The piece weighs 138 grams and is 19-1/2 inches long plus the Pendant, which is an impressive 4 inches tall by 2-1/4 inches wide (when wearing a vertical hang length of about 10 inches).
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