Birdseye Kingman Turquoise & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant | Darryl Becenti

SKU: SVLDAP0027/22
Regular price $2,340.00
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4" x 4"

Bail: 1"


This stunning piece by Navajo artisan, Darryl Becent, features a captivating fusion of Birdseye Kingman Turquoise and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. With its intricate silverwork and harmonious blend of these two remarkable stones, this pendant is not just an accessory; it's a wearable masterpiece.


Darryl Becenti is a Navajo artist with multiple skills. Well known for his silversmithing, he was also a skilled sand painter, and multimedia artist. Becenti began his career in silversmithing in 1988. His heavy sterling and repoussé design make him an hard artist to miss. 


Birdseye refers to a type of turquoise akin to Spiderweb turquoise, but distinct in that it features a light blue base with a complementary blue matrix rather than dark patterns. This configuration yields a unique visual effect where cross-cut stones reveal numerous pockets of lighter blue stone enveloped by darker blue matrix, resembling a bird's eye. Birdseye turquoise, a rarity, can only be found in a few mines, including the Kingman Turquoise Mine located in Arizona.


Coveted for its pristine sky-blue shade devoid any veining or web patterns, Sleeping Beauty turquoise holds a cherished place in the realm of sought-after gemstones. Its historical significance has left an indelible mark on the turquoise narrative, especially since the closure of the Arizona Turquoise Mine in 2012. The mine closure, coupled with the gem's innate allure, has led to a surge in its value. With its pure hue and inherent durability, Sleeping Beauty turquoise stands as a beloved choice among global jewelry artisans and creatives.


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