Zuni Handmade Pin, Circa 1960s, Lone Mountain Turquoise, Collectors Piece, 2.5

Tribe Zuni
Age Group Adult
Artist Zuni
Age Circa 1960's
Item Weight 0.057319224
Width 2.5
Height 2.5
Gemtype Stone Shape irregular-shape
Gender Unisex
Number of Stones 59
Main Stone Lone Mountain Turquoise
Metal Sterling Silver
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Navajo artist Darryl Dean Begay talks fondly about getting to visit the Lone Mountain Turquoise mine with owner Gene Waddell. This legendary Nevada mine produced a large quantity of turquoise, but the most coveted blue rock from Lone Mountain is this spider web variety. Today's top artist like Darryl Dean Begay can pay over $200 a carat for this extremely hard to find look. Back in the 1960s when this pin was made it wasn't nearly as hard to find. Many of these pieces are in private collections never to be seen again. In the book Jewel of the Southwest-Turquoise, Bob Brucia reveals his collection of Number Eight Turquoise pieces that have a similar look. I can't imagine him ever letting those pieces of treasure go. This handmade Zuni pin is done in the classic cluster style. Silver beads and twisted wire decorate the two beautifully cut shapes of Lone Mountain Turquoise. If you are into collecting these rare beauties, we also have a bigger pin.
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