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Lenord Nez overlay design pendant- BIL 509


Handcrafted by renown Navajo artist Jonathan Nez. Set in solid sterling silver and genuine Pilot Mountain turquoise. Measuring 2″ in total length with a width of a little over 1″.The signature style of this design is referred to as overlay. The artist has cut out the pattern with a saw and overlayed it on to another piece of silver to create the inset design that frames the stone perfectly. The stone has rich coloring. This is a beautiful pendant.

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Pilot Mountain Turquoise:
The Pilot Mountain mine is located in northern Nevada, in Mineral County, near the town of Tonapah. It is still producing and is worked by one family. The stone is highly admired for its deep blue-green colors. In addition, it can show light blue to dark green colors on the same stone. This graduation in color is unusual and makes the turquoise very collectible. The matrix is black to golden brown. Although sometimes a little porous, or pithy, Pilot Mountain is a hard stone and takes a good polish.

Lenord Nez:

Navajo silversmith Lenord Nez makes beautiful pieces of silver jewelry. Coming from a family of silversmiths,  Leonard Nez, who was a mentor to Jonathan for many years. An accomplished designer now in his own right, Lenord specializes in making bracelets and works with heavy-gauge sterling silver, adding deep-set stamping to create his distinctive pieces. Combining both the traditional Navajo stamp work in his pieces along with horizontal or vertical lines, Jonathan jewelry line is a is both classic and modern.


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