Native American handmade sterling silver pendant, by Navajo artist Linda Yazzie. Set with a natural Royston ribbon turquoise stone. The stone has a thin dark green ribbon running across the sandy brown host rock.
Measures 2 inch long including the silver bale and weighs 11.6 grams. The bale can handle a chain up to1/4 inch wide. Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Hallmarked LY by the artist.
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.