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Artie Yellowhorse, Navajo
A good-sized piece of natural Pietersite/Pietercite consisting of abstract sections of deep blue/black and heavily fibrous chatoyant lighter areas of blue with gold accent.
First found in 1962, there are only two known sources of Pietersite in the world, Africa and China.
Pietersite is very difficult to photograph accurately because it color shifts in every variation of light. The accompanying photos show the piece under a variety of light conditions. The "brightest" colors are with the most direct light. The lighting on the other photos is from some kind of angle and/or distance. Unfortunately the beauty of the chatoyance is not adequately represented.
This is one of my favorite stones but Artie rarely has much on hand when I am in New Mexico (I prefer to choose my own pieces). This summer I was able to pick through a tray a raw stones. I had them make quite a few pendants and two cuffs for me (cuffs are gone).
I have pendants in both gold/brown dominant and blue dominant variations.
The features the exquisitely precise sawcut silverwork by Artie's ace silversmith Henry Chackee. It includes twist wire and a double row of hand sawcut silver work with "pinching" (scooped areas in the perimeter).
I'm so pleased to be able to offer a varity of Pietersite options.
Height (total including bail and attachment ring): 2-3/4"H
Dimensions (pendant only): 2-1/16H x 1-1/2"W
Dimensions (cabochon only): 40mm x 27mm (1-37/64"H x 1-3/64"W)
Weight: 1.3 oz/36gr/.08lbs
Signed: Artie Yellowhorse
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