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A sensational, contemporary Navajo silver and Lone

Mountain, Nevada turquoise bracelet by Perry Shorty

Let’s talk about a match made in heaven; Perry Shorty silver and Lone Mountain, Nevada turquoise is an incredible combination that’s just about impossible to beat since each is essentially the finest of its kind available anywhere.

One look at this bracelet and it’s easy to see why Perry Shorty’s booth sells out in a matter of minutes every year at Santa Fe’s annual Indian Market and everywhere else he exhibits, the design, craftsmanship and detailing displayed here are nothing short of phenomenal. The bracelet features eight gorgeously-colored round Lone Mountain, Nevada turquoise stones set in individual old-style “foldover” type silver bezels. The stone settings are accentuated by four beautifully-crafted, crescent moon-shaped, very finely-chiseled and filed silver panels and applied-silver “raindrops” and, finally, the entire central panel is further framed on top and bottom with perfectly-done parallel rows of diagonal stamp work. The entire combination is sumptuous and rich, dazzling and classic all at the same time.

And let’s have a few more words about the eight striking and rare Lone Mountain, Nevada turquoise stones used here. Six of the stones are a beautiful rich blue-green in color with a brownish matrix, two are almost completely clear blue-green which is a particular type characteristic of the Lone Mountain mine. Lone Mountain, Nevada turquoise is considered by virtually all turquoise authorities and aficionados to be one of the very finest, rarest and most desirable types of turquoise anywhere in the world and top-quality stones from this mine regularly sell in the $100-125 per carat range today. Perry Shorty obtained the Lone Mountain stones he used in this bracelet directly from the source, a longtime colleague of ours who owns the Lone Mountain Mine.

The narrow cuff bracelet measures 9/16” in width all the way around. The inner circumference end-to-end is

5 3/8” and the gap between the terminal is 7/8” for a total interior circumference of 6 1/4". The bracelet weighs a substantial, yet quite comfortable 52 grams or 1 7/8 ounces. It is properly signed “P. Shorty” on the interior

in Perry Shorty’s customary cursive signature and it is in pristine original condition.

This bracelet is the perfect combination of beauty, rarity, artistry, craftsmanship and condition;

it’s pure greatness all the way around.

Price $3,750

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Lone Mountain Turquoise

This mine once produced a great variety of turquoise, included some of the finest examples of spider web turquoise as well as clear, deep-blue stones. Lone Mountain turquoise has always been noted for holding its color. Among all “classic” Southwestern turquoise, only Lander Blue is more valuable. A rare occurrence has been the “fossil turquoise” found in this mine. The fossil is of a crinoid stem. The Lone Mountain mine consists of a series of haphazard tunnels dug by miners chasing the veins of turquoise. The mine was claimed by Lee Hand in 1920 first as the Blue Jay Mining Lode and later, after seeing that so many mines had been named Blue Jay, Hand changed the mine’s name to Lone Mountain. In the 1960’s Lone Mountain was converted to a small open pit operations by Menliss Winfield. It continues to be mined in this fashion today. In 1979, I purchased Lone Mountain with the King family of Austin, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have had different partners over the years and the property has only been mined 6 over the last 28 years. The reason for this is the expense of mining and the regulations for small mine owners, makes it very difficult to be profitable. But with the value of the classic American turquoise mines being so great, it is feasible for this great mine to once again be of great value.

Note: Lone Mountain turquoise photos and descriptions above are © Waddell Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.