SWS 199 Calvin Martinez large Royston turquoise cluster bracelet

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SWS 199 Calvin Martinez large Royston turquoise cluster bracelet

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Renown Navajo artist Calvin Martinez has created a one of a kind piece. Set in solid sterling silver and genuine high grade Royston turquoise. This artist is known for his ability to craft pieces all by hand and this is no exception. Although the silver he uses is not hand wrought it has been shaped and stamped using hand made tools. There are 21 individually hand cut high grade Royston turquoise stones in this bracelet and there dark green coloring is amazing. Measuring 2″ at its widest point it tapers down to 1″ at he end. This piece is easily shaped to fit most wrists….This is chance to own one of the finest pieces of jewelry from one of the Navajo Nations finest artists !

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royston bracelet

NAVAJO HANDCRAFTED CUFF BRACELET WITH ROYSTON TURQUOISE

Artist: Calvin Martinez

Award winning Navajo silversmith Calvin Martinez, born 1960, has been an active silversmith for over 30 years. Calvin, a self-taught silversmith, says “I look to the old silversmiths and to my culture. There would not be a Calvin Martinez silversmith without the Navajo tradition to guide me. I am grateful that people still like the old silver pieces. I thank God for awarding me with these gifted hands.”

Everything is made by hand, including hand cutting his bezels. He is known for using only the highest quality natural stones and heavy gauge silver in his work. The style of work that Calvin does is commonly referred to as Traditional Revival.

Calvin’s jewelry is made with traditional old techniques, he makes everything by hand, including hand cutting his bezels. He only uses high quality natural stones in his work.

Calvin Martinez crates his jewelry in the pure style of the first Navajo silversmiths. His clear, substantial pieces, featuring the best gem grade turquoise, speak eloquently of the very nature of the Navajo: unassuming people with strong convictions about their place within the balance of nature. Calvin brings this attitude of quiet strength to each of his creations.


Sterling silver

Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting porosity and fire scale.

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Oxidized silver (black coloring in the silver) is a process that many jewelers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process consists of taking clean sterling silver and using a chemical (liver of sulphur) to treat it to speed up the tarnishing effect.


Royston

A district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high-grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.

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