John Wayne Turquoise Inlay Pendant SWPPEN0006

Length: 3"
Width: 3"
Metal: Sterling Silver
Stones: Carico Lake Turquoise, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Coral, Black Onyx
Masterfully crafted pendant with an ornate inlay featuring turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, and a John Wayne cameo. Handmade by Diné silversmith Calvin Desson.

Availability: In stock

Price: $3,000.00

Availability: In stock

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An inlay refers to the process of cutting and polishing turquoise, shell, and other traditional stones before combining them into patterns and embedding them with metal. Southwestern Native American artists are especially recognized for their skills in inlay jewelry. There are several different techniques used in inlay design:
A "mosaic" inlay is when the stones are laid in the metal touching one another and are flush with the surface of the jewelry.
"Cobblestone" refers to the stones being uneven in height and size with beveled edges - closely resembling a cobblestone street.
Commonly seen, "channel" inlay indicates the use of metal spacers between the stone.
"Corn Row" inlay closely mimics the appearance of this harvested crop - neatly arranged parallel rows of stone with slightly rounded edges.

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 lakebed in a remote part of Lander County. The mine has come to rest with the owner of Sunwest Silver Company, Ernest Montoya.

Found near Globe, Arizona, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is easily one of the most recognizable North American turquoises. Due to its lack of matrix and brilliant, varying shades of blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is highly sought after. Sadly, the Sleeping Beauty mine closed in 2012 - causing both prices and demand to climb.

Onyx has long been used for carving and jewelry and is a favored stone often seen in Native American inlay work, or as cabochons or beads.

Native American jewelry artists used coral in a variety of ways. Featured in inlay work, set in rough and natural forms, carved, cut into stunning cabochons, set with diamonds, turquoise, pearls, and almost any combination of the favorite Southwest gemstones. A favorite organic gemstones, red and pink coral are used extensively in Southwest jewelry styles. Red, pink and orange colors can all be found in contemporary and vintage Native American handmade jewelry. Always a great way to add a splash of color to your ensemble.

Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry

Calvin Desson was born in the early fall of the 1969 in Lupton, Arizona and spent his childhood there and in neighboring Sanders, Arizona. He now lives permanently in Lupton with his wife and children. A master of scenic and pictorial stone inlay jewelry, Calvin learned jewelry making techniques from nephew Allen Okee. By 1996, he was working with master inlay artist, Alvin Yellowhorse where he honed his technical skills for three years before venturing out on his own.Preferring pictorial work to geometric row work inlay. Calvin creates some of the most detailed scenic work imaginable. He enjoys the challenge of each new design, from images of the Four Corners landscapes and ceremonial figures of Native America to the haunting perfection of the stone faces of his inlay portraits.

Shop the Santa Fe Style Collection for striking contemporary jewelry, handcrafted by artisans who draw on the rich history of the Southwest.

This collection features trending artists popular in the Four Corners and loved by locals here in New Mexico. The jewelry featured here is a fusion of traditional techniques, passed hand-to-hand across generations, and modern artistry.

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