Damele Turquoise Sterling Silver Stamp Pendant Only Hallmarked Arnold Blackgoat
This pendant features a rare damale stone with its signature dark and military green hue.
The Damele mine is located outside of Austin Nevada. A miner name Benny Damele discovered the Damele mine in the 1970‰۪s. Around the mine there are nearby mines such as the Dry Creek mine and the Godber mine. Miner Clyde Wright acquired the mine before the Cotners. Wright mined and operated the mine for almost 20 years. Wright sold the mine to Tony Cotner (died early 2016). Tony was a passionate lapidarist and miner, and he brought the mine to its prime in the 21st century when high end jewelry makers began to use this material in their designs. Since Tony‰۪s pass, this mine is not longer mined nor active. His sisters has inherited the mine and kept little material in his late collection. The damele material consist turquoise, variscite and faustite Damele and is highly collectible. The damele is a quite hard and with high density. Unlike regular turquoise, the damele can be brought to high polish with less polishing effort. The color ranges from yellow, gold, lime green, dark green and gray with earthy brown matrix and spiderweb.
Arnold Blackgoat lives on the Navajo Reservation, Black hat. He started to silversmith at the age of eight, by helping his grandmother, Helen Blackgoat; mother Jenny Blackgoat; and his well-known uncle Carson Blackgoat. Arnold is known for his thick-gauged silver, deep stamping technique, all done free hand, which makes his jewelry one of a kind. Blackgoat is a fourth generation silversmith. With his parents influence, he would add extra beads, wire work, homemade bezel, and use better turquoise. He makes one of a kind high end pieces. His work won various awards at the Shiprock and Tuba City Fairs.
I choose every piece of jewelry based on the value of the stone. Unlike most of the Turquoise on the market, the stone has to be high quality (not stabilized, not color treated and not reconstituted).
I also love jewelry with unique character and great craftsmanship. What this means is that you are getting jewelry that is a showstopper and not to mention a great investment.
Pendant measures 2 x3 inches.
1/2 x 1''
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