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Huge Navajo Royston Turquoise Bracelet Signed 141.4 Grams!
What a stunning artist signed Navajo sterling cuff bracelet set with Royston turquoise and weighing an amazing 141.4 grams on my jewelry scale. It is a beautiful piece of artistry and set with an amazing, large piece of Royston turquoise, a lovely green/blue color with a slight brown matrix and pyrite. Green turquoise is formed when iron is present in the host rock. The bracelet pre-dates the mid 1970's when resin started to be used to stabilize soft turquoise that was not of gem quality; this stone is gem quality! Both the size of the stone and the fact that the stone is natural, only very slightly polished help in the dating. What appears to be silver is probably where a section of pyrite was polished. I have greatly enlarged the photos so you can look at the bracelet in detail. There are no fillers on the stone, just a large piece of gem quality turquoise hand set into a gorgeous bracelet! The dimensions of the bracelet are as follows:
The centerpiece: 2 and 3/4" N to S and 2 and 1/2" at the widest point. The turquoise: 1 and 7/8" by 1 and 5/8" Gap: 1" Interior taped: 6" Total wearable wrist size: 7"
The bracelet is signed as shown in the last two photos. Though not signed sterling, it has been tested and is guaranteed as such. I believe the hallmark is a conjoined CJ mark. If turned the other way it is a conjoined G or B. I believe it to be the conjoined CJ mark. My research shows it looks similar to the mark of Navajo artist Betty Jean Chee, but that is not a guarantee at this point. In addition, Barton Wright shows this mark as belonging to Curlene Toledo. Both of these artists hail from well know Navajo silversmith families. The history teacher in me loves to research, and I will continue to search more for confirmation of the hallmark. It is a magnificent bracelet and looks stunning on the wrist, a wonderful piece to add to your Native American jewelry collection.
Reference: Wright, Barton. " Hallmarks of the Southwest". 2000, (p.167).
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver/turquoise, Size: See description for sizes
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