Vintage Bisbee Turquoise Link Necklace Set
This Vintage Bisbee Turquoise Link Necklace Set was handcrafted by Navajos, Joe Piaso Jr. & Chris Billie. Fashioned in a 1950's charm style, each piece features gorgeous, natural Arizona stones, bezel set in crosses & clusters. These gems are sooooo nice that Richard wanted to keep this ensemble for his personal collection! We estimated there are over 100 carats & at $50 a carat, that's $5000 folks in high quality Turquoise! The hammered & domed crosses were made by Joe & the remaining stations by Chris. For reference, the center necklace dangle is 1-3/8" x 1-1/8" & it's 17-7/8" long but can be adjusted shorter. The link bracelet is 9-1/2" end to end & will best fit wrist sizes, 7-3/4" to 8-3/8". Every piece is hallmarked & stamped Sterling, in excellent original condition. This Vintage Bisbee Turquoise Link Necklace Set is downright gorgeous & one of a kind!
Both Joe (1957- ) & Chris are contemporary silversmiths from New Mexico. This was made circa 1990's-2000 before Chris started a production shop that now uses a copyright hallmark. They are both known for using the best quality stones available. Along with family members, they're referenced in Schaaf's, "American Indian Jewelry I & II".