J970 Silver & Turquoise Beads
Old handmade silver beads with five round Kingman Turquoise accent beads. The silver beads are ½” and the smaller beads are 5/16”. Three round Kingman beads are ¾” and two are ½”. This is a 22” necklace.
The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest producing Turquoise mines in North America. It was discovered by Native Americans over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful blue color and the mine produces many variations of blue turquoise.
About the artist
Alfred Lee Jr.
Alfred Lee Jr. (Chuck) is a sixth generation Navajo jeweler with a nationwide reputation. He and his brother Albert were inspired and mentored by their father Alfred Lee Sr., who is himself an award winning artist. Shiprock, New Mexico is home to the Lee brothers. It is there that they go about their business of creating, necklaces, bracelets, Concho belts, rings and squash blossom necklaces with a blend of traditional and contemporary Navajo designs.
The highest quality turquoise, coral, lapis and sugailite are used with dazzling affect in settings of sterling silver and gold. Their creations are statement pieces, distinctive and rich. Alfred cuts and tumbles the stones himself using only the highest grade stones. His stones were featured in promotions for Ralph Lauren’s fragrance, “Pure Turquoise.”
Alfred is gracious and most willing to share his knowledge of the techniques used in his work. He has conducted training for the staff of the famed Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona about the different types of turquoise. He is certified by the Navajo tribe to appraise jewelry and rugs.
The Lee’s have carried on the family tradition and business with a reputation that has carried them nationwide.