The Three Stone Navajo Bracelet

One very traditional Navajo bracelet layout is the three stone bracelet.

#8 Turquoise 3 Stone Shadowbox bracelet by Navajo Wilbur Muskett

This layout is usually used when there are wonderful stones to showcase.

Vintage 3 Stone Bracelet with chisel mark E

The Three Stone layout works best if the stones match.

Vintage unsigned Royston Turquoise 3 Stone bracelet

Often the central stone is larger and the two sides stones are smaller.

Vintage unsigned 3 Stone bracelet

Sometimes the central stone is smaller and the two side stones are larger.

Vintage unsigned 3 stone bracelet

 

It is equally suitable to use the layout on a wire bracelet or a cuff.

Read about wire bracelets here – Wire Bracelets

Vintage unsigned 3 stone Bisbee turquoise bracelet on heavy 3 wire frame

 

Three stone White Buffalo Stone cuff bracelet by Joe Piaso

Read about White Buffalo Stone.

 

Vintage 3 stone bracelet with partial hallmark of P. This is a cross between a wire and a cuff bracelet. There is a heavy 4 wire framework and a solid sterling faceplate under the stones.Paula

More info please on my Number Eight Leonard Jim piece

June 13, 2014
Hi Paula, thanks so much for your informative website and blog.  over the years i have collected a lot of native american jewelry and unfortunately i lost most of the details of each piece.  i am still looking for the excel spreadsheet i used to track the details but so far can’t find it.
about 25 years ago in Jackson, WY i purchased a turquoise pendant with the hallmark “Leonard Jim”.  i think the turquoise is Number Eight.
my question is
what is the biography of the Navajo artist Leonard Jim?
what type of turquoise is in my pendant?  how can i find out?
thanks, Jana
DSCN0561 DSCN0562Hi Jana,
Thank you for your patience. As you can see, due to the volume of questions we receive, it takes about a month for a question to work its way to the top of the queue.
Leonard Jim is a contemporary Navajo artist who is noted for mosaic, channel inlay, silver overlay, stamp work, applique jewelry and buffalo dance rattles. His favorite designs include the kokopelli, horse, pictorial and storyteller. He lives in Gallup, New Mexico. He signs his pieces with his full name as on your beautiful pendant and also as LJ.
As far as what type of turquoise? Number Eight (also #8) refers to the name of a turquoise mine near Carlin, Nevada.  You’ll see it in the top row of this map.
turquoise-mines-map-2-800wStones from that mine are typically exceptional spiderweb turquoise with the matrix ranging from golden brown to almost black, but a deep golden webbing is most characteristic. Yours certainly looks like it could be #8.
Paula
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Sterling Silver Navajo Sandcast Bracelet by Harrison Bitsui with a Number Eight Turquoise Cabochon