Royston turquoise pendant by Navajo artist Lola Daha
Stunning 3-stone Royston turquoise pendant.Navajo artist Lola Daha has created a one-of-a-kind piece. Set in solid sterling silver using a technique called Repoussé or repoussage. This refers to a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. Chasing, chased work, or embossing refer to a similar technique, in which the piece is hammered on the front side, sinking the metal.The pendant measures 2"3/4 in length with a fixed bail that can accommodate up to a 5mm chain or beads.
Royston: A district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high-grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.