Handmade Carico Lake Sterling Necklace signed by Mona Van Riper

  • $1,719.99

This beautiful pendant features a single super rare bi-color Carico Lake turquoise cab on a sterling silver overlay paired with a 24" 5mm Navajo Bead chain.

Carico Lake turquoise range from beautiful shades of blue to lime green. The lime green color is due to the high levels of faustite and zinc. Although blue turquoise is the majority produced, in recent years lime green has been most valued for its rarity and unique color.

The Carico Lake Turquoise Mine is a historic mine named for its home on a dried up lake bed located in Lander County, Nevada. Due to the short amount of time it's allowed to be mined each year, the supply of Carico Lake Turquoise is extremely limited.

Due to its increased interest and limited supply, Carico Lake turquoise has become a valued investment.

"Mona Van Riper was raised in Santa Fe and in Taos, New Mexico. She began silversmithing at the Mabel dodge Lujan House in Taos in 1976. Making and designing jewelry has been a constant in her life ever since.

Mona's early jewelry was heavy stamped navajo style made from hand-cast ingots and coins. Over the years her style has developed into a more sophisticated and contemporary look while maintaining her signature old-world flavor. In 1992 Mona introduced engraving into her work which has given her jewelry a broader appeal.

Currently Mona's unique jewelry is made from sterling silver in combination with 18 karat gold overlays and engraving. She often uses rare and very high-grade custom cut turquoise in her pieces. Mixing precious and semi-precious stones also gives her jewelry a timeless look.

"I find making and designing jewelry exciting. There is always something new to learn".

In 1993 Mona won first place in the Silver Division in the New Mexico Jewelers Association Jewelry Design Competition. She also received the Enchantment Award in the same competition.
In 1994 Mona took second place in the Gold and Platinum Division of the New Mexico Jeweler's Design Competition."

My Philosophy:
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 (including bale) 2-3/4" x 1-3/8"; 5mm Navajo Bead chain measures 24"

Stone Measurements:
1" x 3/4"

43 grams

Suggested Retail Price:

I take all photos under natural light (without photoshop) to make sure the jewelries look as realistic as possible.

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