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This Navajo hand-forged ring features a row of three uniquely shaped turquoise cabochons of varying sizes. The turquoise is a beautiful blue with a dark matrix throughout. To the outside, the cabochons are accented on each side with a deeply etched crescent shape and a wide three prong sterling silver ring band.
Named for producing some of the hardest turquoise ever found, the Blue Diamond mine is located outside of Austin, Nevada and was first mined in the 1930s. The mine is considered a “hat mine” of which there are very few. A hat mine is a small deposit of turquoise that “you can cover with your hat”. The stones that this mine produces, which are usually large pieces in plate form, look a great deal like Stormy Mountain Turquoise because of its black smoky matrix surrounded by a brilliant blue. The characteristic black chert is present. Long time area miners have been noted to have said the Blue Diamond mine yielded some of the best turquoise in Nevada.
Herman Vandever is a award winning Navajo silversmith whose family has been making jewelry for generations. He is known for his traditional hand-stamped, set stone and contemporary adornment.