This elegant Necklace displays a Number 8 Turquoise, Sterling Silver and Copper Wrapped Pendant by Nevada Silversmith Jim Daggett. The Number 8 Turquoise mine is located in Eureka County, Nevada; the mine was closed in 1976 so Turquoise marketed today comes from a private source, making the stone a collector's item. Number 8 Turquoise is known by its distinctive golden brown spider web matrix and powder-blue color. Our Turquoise cabochon has an attractive progression of matrix, with the spider webbing light on the left side and more concentrated on the right. The Turquoise is set in a raised Bezel on Sterling Silver Plate, which has been oxidized to bring out the color and shape of the stone. The cabochon has been wrapped in a dome of Polished Copper, with an opening just large enough to frame the stone. The Copper is ringed by Sterling Silver Wire, and the edges of the Pendant have been stamped in a linear design. The piece hangs from a Bail that has been similarly stamped. The Pendant is marked on the back with the artist's hallmark and "Sterling." We've paired the Pendant with 3 strands of Pilot Mountain Turquoise Cubes, mined in Mineral County, Nevada. The cubes are 5-by-8mm in dimension and color-matched to the Number 8 Turquoise. The 3 strands are woven together and on one side of the Necklace chain is a handcrafted Wrapped Copper Cylinder, while on the other side is a Sterling Silver Oxidized Cylinder with raised circles. These elements are complemented by 11mm Sterling and Copper Rondelles, and 4mm Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass. At the top of the Necklace the 3 strands of Turquoise Cubes transition to Fire Polished Glass, adding subtle sparkle and streamlining the design. The Necklace is finished with Sterling Silver Cones and Toggle Clasp and adorned with a Southwest Designs Sterling Charm. The piece weighs 104 grams and is 21-1/2 inches long plus the Pendant, which is 2-7/8 inches by 1-1/2 inches including the 1/2-inch Bail.
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