This vintage turquoise cuff bracelet features the unmistakable turquoise stone from the Stormy Mountain or Blue Diamond mines, both in Nevada. The stone in this piece is one of the largest I've seen, which makes it quite valuable, as neither mine produces turquoise any longer. From a website: "Stormy Mountain Turquoise Mine in Elko County, Nevada produced an extremely high-quality turquoise. It was found in the early 1970’s when a new road to an old copper mine was being bulldozed. Stormy Mountain Turquoise from this mine is rarely seen today. Along with the Blue Diamond Mine, this stone is known for producing hard, dark blue turquoise that includes a blotchy, black or brown matrix that resembles storm clouds." (See Photo 9 for raw stones from the Stormy Mountain mine, photo from Spilled Silver Designs in Denver, CO, and Photo 10 for stones from Blue Diamond Mine, from Native Crafts, both published by Cowgirl Magazine.) The artist of this bracelet--unidentified but using the hallmark NM or HN--built the form all around the stone. The silver foundation is in the same shape as the stone but larger, with a lip around the edge, forming a frame. Inside the foundation, between the smooth bezel that holds the stone and frame are two lines of twist wire set in opposite directions. That same pattern of twist wire is set in narrow rows flanking the frame of the stone. The whole foundation sits on a heavy split wire shank of three wires. The piece has a large and solid feel on the wrist.
The cuff measures about 2-3/8” tall across top to bottom. Taking a soft tape measure along the inside, the length is 5-1/2" plus an about 3/4" gap or a total of about 6-1/4". Weighs 89g. Some tarnish, and I'm happy to do a very light polish, but please do not use any polishing method or cream in the areas where the twist wire is; it will only gunk up and be hard to take out. That area is meant to be oxidized to contrast the blue of the turquoise and pick up the black chert in the stone.
Amazing to find such a large and classic piece of this rare natural turquoise.
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