Navajo single stone bracelet. The Turquoise is from the Damele Mine in Nevada. Large beautiful stone, slash work on sterling bracelet with nice patina (can be buffed out to make shiny again). Maker's mark "Robert Kelley".
One of our long time favorite varieties of American Turquoise has always been Damele also spelled Damale or Damaile. We love all the gems from the famous Nevada mine, the Turquoise, the Variscite and the Faustite. The Damele mine outside of Austin, Nevada produces some of the most wonderful Turquoise and Variscite in the world. A great majority of the Damele Turquoise and Variscite features spiderweb matrix. The Damele mine is known as a spiderweb Turquoise mine and is known for its lime green Turquoise, Faustite, and Variscite. The mine was first made famous for it's yellow to lime Turquoise with black and brown spiderweb matrix. Very little Turquoise is being produced today, and what little material is being produced is mostly the beautiful deep green to lime green Variscite. Much of the Damele Spiderweb Turquoise sold presently is cut from older rough that can still be found from various Turquoise dealers, collectors and the mine's current owner Tony Cotner (written 2014). Damele is very hard and comes in a variety of colors from yellow, gold, greens and grays with a beautiful spider webbing. It is a well known mine with highly sought after spiderweb Variscite and spiderweb Turquoise cabochons and beads.
PERIOD: After 1950
ORIGIN: Navajo, Southwest
SIZE: Circumference 5 1/2"; gap 1 1/4"; width 2 3/8"; weight 3 5/8 oz