Two STUNNING Number Eight #8 Spiderweb Turquoise Cuff Bracelets for Women Attributed to Navajo Fred Thompson

$4,500.00

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These heavy vintage turquoise bracelets are among the most stunning I've seen, collectible for the spiderweb turquoise from the Number 8 mine (#8) in Eureka County, Nevada. Discovered in 1925 and first mined in 1929, Number 8 turquoise is standout for "spider webbing" visible in the turquoise stones, and is considered one of the great American mines. The turquoise in these cuffs is light blue with ephemeral luminescence--shine that comes from within. The turquoise stones appear to almost glow. These are traditional row bracelets, both very heavy. One is 78g and the other 74g. Although they are not signed, they're attributed to Navajo master silversmith Fred Thompson (1921-2002). From a website about this highly collectible artist: "Thompson worked as a smith for Tobe Turpen at the age of 15 and built his career on the skills he learned in Turpen’s shop. He made his own stamps, never sold to dealers, and only sold wholesale to Tobe Turpen. After serving in WWII, he continued to make pieces into the 1990’s. He was a teacher as well as a silversmith. World renowned, he focused on traditional Navajo styles, producing his work with utmost skill using the highest quality stones available. Thompson’s pieces are now rare and hard to find." Thompson signed his pieces with a small icon, and while he often signed his jewelry, he didn't always. He was known for making bracelet sets--as Navajo women and men would wear one on each wrist during ceremonial dances. Recently a pair of bracelet in identical style, all except the type of turquoise, sold for $4,000 for the pair.

These two bracelets are not identical in size, but they more or less each measure 5-1/8" around using a tape measure on the inside, with a 1-1/8" gap, or 6-1/4" total length. Each is just under 7/8" in width. Total weight is 152g. There are surface cracks in about three of the stones. Those can be stabilized, which is done when a smith extremely experienced in vintage turquoise jewelry injects a pinpoint of epoxy into the crack, making sure it is only in the crack and not the surface. I would want to make sure the next owner is interested in doing that before pursuing that possibility.

Gorgeous old turquoise--a vanishing piece of history!

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