Raymond Yazzie Fossilized Lone Mountain Turquoise Necklace


Raymond Yazzie’s masterpiece is an exquisite necklace that showcases his exceptional craftsmanship and the unique features of Lone Mountain Fossil Turquoise. The necklace features rare fossilized Lone Mountain turquoise and gold inlaid beads. The fossilized turquoise is a unique formation where the turquoise is a testament to the rarity and beauty of this gemstone. Raymond’s meticulous inlay work, including two gold beads with opal, fossil turquoise, coral, and lapis, adds accent color to the deep blue-green fossil necklace, making it a one-of-a-kind piece that truly stands out.


20″ 3/8 L

Turquoise, a gemstone with a rich history, has been mined across six continents and holds significant cultural value, particularly in Native American cultures. In the Southwest, where dozens of mines are found in Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, this mining continues, with roughly five active mines remaining today.

Below are two necklaces by Master American Indian jewelers Charles Loloma (Hopi B.1921-1991) and Raymond Yazzie (Navajo B.1959). These two necklaces feature a rare turquoise fossil. This turquoise stands out from other turquoise because it uniquely formed in a crinoid stem segments. When it was forming, the turquoise eroded and replaced the calcite, which formed these fossils. A crinoid is a long-stem seafloor animal comprising hundreds of segments. Both necklaces used Lone Mountain turquoise Fossils.

These Lone Mountain fossils are from around 298.9 million years ago to 323.2 million years ago during the Pennsylvanian Period. After years of erosion and constant changes, they formed from calcite and transitioned naturally
to turquoise. It is rare for turquoise to form around a fossil instead of a host rock; today, it is scarce, and you would be lucky to collect enough fossils to build necklaces like these again.

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