This over 100 carats of Villa Grove Turquoise - original purchaser bought this in 1974 from Al Turney in Gallup - Designed and made in the Carl Luthey Studio - made by Ramon Platero - oddly enough there is none of his famous leaf work on this, there was a huge amount of silver and detail put into this! It’s a beauty!! Original purchaser took a photo and made a card of info. when he purchased the cuff , this card and photo survived with the piece all these years, that’s always a treasure when you can get all that info. with a piece.
What a beautiful bracelet…looks like stamp work and over-lay…
Hate to be a stick in the mud… but to me, your stone looks more like the Az. ’ Old Morenci’… which is also very rare… It looks similar to ‘Turquoise. Mt.’ but with pyrite and other matrix…, The People I worked with at one time owned Villa Grove, ( Colo) it seemed to be to always be a bit bluer/w black matrix.
I used to call my self a stone snob… as I do love rocks… and they love me also…
something to think about… Janet
I would agree, but this cuff came with original info. Al Turney with card etc. - Luthey Studio and photos from time of purchase which is rare in itself -there are stones from different mines that are hard to even tell apart even by the best stone people…and of course there can be different variations in mines -
We purchased a small batch of Villa Grove that looked very similar to this stone. From my understanding this area is owned by a company that exclusively mines gold, no more turquoise.
I know you can not get the turquoise anymore, had heard it was under water or something like that - this cuff is so heavy the stone is 2 inches by 1,25 and is such a bright electric blue - selling or trading -
Does the bracelet have his hallmark?
Yes it does, here you go.
Luthey Studio Mark - card with it has note that Ramon Platero was artist who did this piece, he often did work for Carl.
Classic Ramon Platero bracelet with huge piece of Morenci Turquoise.
Love this top cuff! Is it for sale
Sorry, it is not for sale.