Robert & Bernice Leekya 14k Gold & Turquoise Cuff


Robert and Bernice Leekya

14k yellow gold and natural turquoise Zuni nugget cuff by famous husband and wife team Robert and Bernice Leekya.

Robert and Bernice both come from jewelry-making royalty among the Zuni that includes her parents Wayne and Doris Ondelacy, and his father Leekya Deyuse. A true convergence of American Indian jewelry-making dynasties, the Ondelacy's and Leekya's work is highly sought after to this day.

The natural turquoise used here was hand-carved and polished by Robert and Bernice Leekya. They likely come from the Morenci mine in Arizona, known for the bright blue color, black matrix, with mica and quartz inclusion in the stone. These stones could have also come from the Kingman mine, as Robert and Bernice were known to favor material from this mine. Without chemical tests it is impossible to know for sure.

Stamped "RLB 14K" on the inside.

2.8" L x 2" W x 0.5" H
6.5"L including 1.2"L gap, interior circumference

Vintage; 1970s

14k gold/turquoise

Very Good; light wear and age discoloration to stones


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