LFC Albert Jake No.8 BraceletClutch Cafe
Number Eight turquoise is famed for the beautiful 'spiderweb' matrix which runs through the stone, and is one of the most collectable and sought after being highly valued by collectors. The colours vary from a light blue to deep blue with intricate shades of blue-green being found in between. The most common matrix is a rich golden brown which run thought the mineral though the extremely sort after and rarer variations can be found with red or black matrix's.
The mine itself situated in Eureka County, Nevada and did not start producing turquoise until 1929, and has been through a number of different owners all deemed an important part of the of Nevadas rich turquoise community. The mine was sold in 1959 to a metal mining company which does not mine turquoise, and today is no longer producing turquoise, though there are still amount available through private collections. The mine has been known as many different names, but the "Number Eight" names is said to have come for the last production of turquoise in 1976 which produces the highest grade of stone on the eight 'claim'
Albert Jake is a renowned silversmith and part of the Jake family, one of 13 children. Albert was born in 1959 and taught silversmithing by his parents. He began hand crafting jewellery in 1987, and is known for his intricate stamp work in the style of 1930's & 40's pieces, traditional set-in stone items and and cluster jewellery. His stamp work is fine and precise creating deep intricate patterns perfectly replicated. He is also an accomplished sand-painter and potter.