Sterling Silver Campitos Turquoise Earrings FJE1002

Metal: Sterling Silver
Stones: Campitos Turquoise
Campitos Turquoise centered around Sterling Silver repoussé post earrings. Handmade by Diné silversmith Robert Johnson.

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Price: $120.00

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Repoussé is a traditional Navajo jewelry making technique. In repoussé, the metal is softened and hammered by hand from the reverse side, to create the low-relief pattern on the front side of the piece. Chasing works in conjunction with repoussé techniques, working on the opposite or front side of the piece to sink the metal in or create a groove or channel in the metal.

Mined in Mexico from the Pino Chueco and Cananea mines in Sonora, Campitos Turquoise was mined extensively in ancient times, with evidence of trade with Native American peoples. Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than as veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color is said to most closely resemble Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, and ranges from a light to medium blue with no matrix, and occasionally pyrite inclusions, giving it a bit of sparkle. A lovely, hard stone with beautiful color, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans. The mine as we know it today has been producing since the 1980's. Campito in Spanish is a derivative of the word “campo”, meaning “field” or “countryside”

Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry

Robert Johnson was born in Gallup, NM, raised in Pindale NM and graduated from Gallup High School in 1986. Robert’s career as a silversmith started when he was 14 or 15 years old, as a buffer for his parent's handmade sterling silver beads.Through an acquaintance Robert met the late Kirk Smith during the summer of 1986. Kirk mentored Robert on his style of creating jewelry; traditional Navajo stamping with an antique finish, high polish bracelets, earrings, concho belts, rings, squash blossoms, hair tie's and so forth. Robert remembers this as an exciting time in his life.Robert moved on to design his own styles of Navajo Jewelry which are well recognized and highly sought after in the Southwest.

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