Overlay refers to the traditional jewelry making technique of taking the artists design, cutting it out and then attaching it to another piece of metal that is the same size. The recessed areas are then oxidized to provide contrast with the high polished top layer.
A staple addition to your Southwest fashion collection, Carico Lake Turquoise is also a collectible North American Turquoise with an astonishing color palette. Ranging from highly unique electric greens to sky blue; from teal to mossy, earthy greens. And rarely, a nugget with both earth and sky color. The highest grade Carico Lake Turquoise is gem-quality American turquoise. Originally known as Stone Cabin, and then Aurora #8, Carico Lake Turquoise has a colorful history for a dried-up lake bed in a remote part of Lander County. The mine has come to rest with the owner of Sunwest Silver Company, Ernest Montoya.
Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry
Marita Benally was born and raised in Steamboat, AZ, and she is from the Navajo tribe.
Marita started silversmithing in the late 90’s, and she credits her husband, Daniel Benally for teaching her to design and work silver.
She loves to create detailed, articulate designs. Today, Marita works out of Gallup, New Mexico.