BC 1271 Albert Jake “cold chisel” pendant



The Kingman mine in northwestern Arizona was one of the largest turquoise mines in North America. The terms “Kingman” or “high blue” refer to the blue color usually displayed in this stone. It has become a color standard in the industry. The mine became famous for its rounded, bright blue nuggets with black matrix. Few turquoise mines produced nuggets, especially of this quality. Old natural Kingman Turquoise is rare. The Colbaugh’s own this mine and the Turquoise Mountain mine, their company name is Colbough Processing. They have recently gone back into the section of the Kingman mine and are digging and bringing some new Natural Kingman Turquoise

Albert Jake was born in 1959 in the Zuni Pueblo south of Gallup, New Mexico.  He learned silversmithing from his parents. He specializes in traditional set stones and cluster jewelry with intricate stampwork. He has been smithing since 1987.  He also creates sand-paintings and makes pottery. During the summers he works as a forest fire fighter. He lives with his wife and two daughters today in Rahmah, New Mexico, near the Zuni Pueblo.



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The simplicity of the pendant is deceiving. The stamped lines around the shape of the stones is a technique called ” cold chisel”. This term refers to how the artists stamps the straight lines in the silver. Heating the silver with a torch to “soften ” it to allow an artist to easily stamp is a very common practice, in this case the artist stamps the silver while it is cold. This is much more difficult and much more technical. It is a rare skill and not commonly seen at this level. Measuring 3″ in total length with a maximum width of 1″ 3/4, this is a large pendant. The bail on this piece can accommodate up to a 16mm bead or collar width.

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