Top quality old-style Turquoise and Sterling Silver pendant created by Navajo silversmith Robert Shakey. The pendant features a gorgeous ribbon turquoise stone, which has a pale turquoise ribbon running across the sandy brown host rock. The stone is set in a simple straight bezel with a twist rope surrounding it. The setting is a fancy scalloped setting with beads at either end.
The pendant measures 1-3/8 by 1-1/4 not counting the wide silver bale, that can handle a necklace up to 3/8 inch. It weighs 13 grams. Brand new in perfect condition. It is stamped sterling and has Robert Shakey's hallmark. Certificate of Authenticity included and gift box included.
Robert Shakey is a Navajo man who lives in Gallup, NM and is around 55 years old. Most of his work is casted, but he also does handmade work. This piece is all handmade by Robert.
Ribbon turquoise, or boulder turquoise as it is sometimes called, occurs when a stone cutter takes natural Vein Turquoise (turquoise in its natural host rock) and cuts in the direction to create the vein going through the rock like a ribbon or splotches of turquoise in the host rock. In the olden days, if a turquoise vein was too thin to be cut into a cabachon, the miners would throw it away. Nowadays, Ribbon Turquoise is very popular in Native American jewelry.