SONORAN BEAUTY TURQUOISE hails from Mexico and is a gorgeous blue turquoise. Sonoran Beauty is a "stabilized turquoise". Stabilization is the process of hardening a stone that is considered "too soft" to work with. It requires that the stone is exposed to high temperatures and then left to dry. This removes excess moisture from the stone and allows for a hardening agent to be added.
“VJP” is the signature stamp that you will find on the handmade jewelry of Vincent Joe Platero, Sr. Currently a resident of Tohajiilee, New Mexico, Vincent grew up as part of the Navajo Edgewater and Black Streak Clans and learned his craft from his mother, Helen Chavez.
Vincent was born in 1957, has his own family now, and a distinctive style that is recognized and respected in collector’s circles.
Featured in galleries around the country, Vincent has also won awards at the New Mexico State Fair and the Denver Indian Market.
His silverwork has been noted since the 1970’s, and he designs and creates a full range of jewelry. His sampler concho belts, many with traditional rug patterns, his dragonfly & butterfly pins, and of course his deep, strong stamp work are often what we associate most with Vincent’s striking and unique style.
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