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Smaller-size Navajo Sterling 19-inch "bar" necklace made of compressed turquoise, spiney-oyster shell and bronze, by Augustine Largo.



We carry this "stone" in earrings, pendants, rings and two sizes of bar necklaces (this is the smaller size).  We currently have a few dozen of these.   Frankly, they sort or all look alike.  This 19-inch (with Sterling chain) bar necklace is one-inch wide and about a half-inch tall.  The Navajo buy this material in a compressed "brick" about the size of a house brick.  A whole brick is costly.  One of the well-known turquoise mines apparently takes pieces of turquoise, spiney oyster shell and bronze and puts the mixture into a machine that applies huge amounts of pressure that turns these elements into a hardened brick.  Skeptical at first, the Drifter took a few dozen earrings made from the stuff to his Colorado venue this past summer and they all sold in a few days.  We call it what the mine owners call it—turquoise, spiney and bronze mix—and not a fancy coffee flavor or a type of dishware.   Hallmarked "DS," which is Donovan Skeets.  Always fee priority shipping.