Navajo handcrafted sterling silver bracelet, set with five gorgeous stabilized Manassa Turquoise stones. The genuine turquoise stones are a bright turquoise color with sandy colored matrix.
The bracelet measures 1-1/2" wide, with an inside end-to-end measurement of 5-9/16" end to end with a 1" gap.weighs about 14 grams. Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift Box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Hand made by Native American silversmith, Dean Sandoval. Hallmarked by the artist.
Stabilized turquoise: While natural turquoise is often the most desirable, keep in mind that simply because turquoise is treated, it does not mean it is of lower quality. In fact, stabilization usually enhances the quality of the stone. Usually the color is more vibrant and the stone is harder and less prone to chips and cracks. Among the ways of treating turquoise, treatments can include wax, staining, plastics impregnation or colloidal silica deposition. These methods stabilize the turquoise, and when successful, they darken the color and fill in the pores in the stone. Stabilizing treatments can also increase stone hardness and therefore its shearing strength, making it easier for artisans to work with it. These stones did not receive any color-enhancing procedures.