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 has a minimum 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 and fire scale. Such elements include germanium, zinc, silicon and boron.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
The Sleeping Beauty Mine, located in Globe, Arizona, is no longer an active mine. For many years it produced a wide range of turquoise that is now even more highly prized for it’s solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last five decades or so it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.
Vernon Haskie (born in 1968) became a full-time jeweler in 1998 after resigning from a job at the tribe’s phone company. What was a hobby for years is now a thriving career with numerous awards at the major Native arts exhibitions within a few years: the Best of Class at the 1999 and 2000 Santa Fe Indian Market, the Best of Show at the 2000 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, the Best of Classification at the 2002 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market and a dozen others. Some of his works (buckles, necklaces, earrings, rings) reach several thousands of dollars and orders are mounting up. His parents made and sold jewelry in Farmington, NM, for a time when he was six or seven, and it was then that Vernon Haskie caught the idea. But before turning to jewel-making, he went to Navajo Community College and obtained an associate degree in life sciences and to the University of New Mexico where he graduated in 1996 with a major in biology. While studying he would make and sell jewels to raise money for books, rent and other expenses. Like most Native artists, V. Haskie has a very deep feeling for his culture and spirituality that are part of his life and reflected in every creation.
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