Skilled Navajo Native American artist, Robert Concho, created this impressive ring featuring a beautiful stone of Number 8 Turquoise set in sterling silver. The hand-cut oblong stone with warm brown matrix is set in a simple yet traditional setting with a hand-tooled platform that finishes the ring to perfection.
Number 8 Turquoise was discovered in Eureka County, north of Carlin, Nevada in 1925 and mined in 1929. In its prime, the Number 8 mine produced some of the largest nuggets of turquoise ever found. In 1954 the largest nugget was excavated, measuring 31 inches long, 17 inches wide and 7 inches thick. Cleaned and polished it weighed 150 pounds. In 1976 the mine was closed because gold was discovered and the Newton Gold Company claimed the mine. Since that time, no Number 8 Turquoise has been mined making Number 8 Turquoise a collector’s item and increasing the value of this turquoise.
Number 8 Turquoise is easily identifiable with its golden brown to black distinctive spider web matrix and unique bright powder blue green background. It has been valued for its beauty and reputed spiritual and life giving qualities. This ring would make a great addition to your jewelry collection.
This exceptional #8 Turquoise stone is surrounded by a hand-twisted sterling silver rope design and two platforms of intricately hand-carved and hand-tooled borders. The sterling silver work in this pendant is exceptional. It was handcrafted by Navajo Native American artist, John Nelson, one of our favorite artists. His craftsmanship is meticulous! John has even hand-stamped the top of the bale for additional detail.