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About the Designer
Kenneth Johnson is a Santa Fe artist known for his distinct contemporary mark. His multi-faceted approach to jewelry design draws upon elemental symbols such as the sun, stars, and seeds to create visual dialogue between fundamental elements of nature. He integrates these symbols into his designs to comment upon the world around us, often depicting stories of rebirth and renewal. One of few jewelers from the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes, Kenneth has distinguished his own artistic path and modern aesthetic. His signature techniques and styles include stamp work and engraving to interpret Southeastern Native motifs such as concentric lines and woven patterns.
Kenneth's jewelry is renowned by collectors internationally, and he has been recognized with fellowships from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Raised in Oklahoma, Kenneth currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is widely recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology, including diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Through research, education, and laboratory services, the GIA serves the public interest through objective gemstone evaluation, including identification.
You can purchase our gemstone jewelry with added confidence knowing that QVC incorporates the GIA's expertise into the QVC gemstone identification quality assurance process.
For more information on the GIA, visit www.GIA.edu.
For more information on the gemstones found at QVC, check out our gemstone glossary.
While Turquoise is naturally beautiful, it tends to be porous and sometimes brittle. Most Turquoise is treated by one of three methods to enhance durability and allow for a better polish:
Questions you might have regarding Turquoise:
Is turquoise jewelry sold on QVC genuine and natural?
Yes, it is.
Does QVC accept composite, reconstituted or reconstructed turquoise?
QVC does not currently accept composite, reconstituted, or reconstructed turquoise.
Is turquoise in the jewelry sold on QVC color treated?
Dye and other coloring agents are not acceptable as treatments.
Is the turquoise sold in QVC's jewelry brittle?
While some Turquoise is naturally beautiful, it tends to be porous and sometimes brittle. The QVC approved treatments enhances durability and allows for a better polish.
What are the treatments that QVC accepts?
QVC accepts only the following stable treatments:
Why is the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise almost free of matrix or markings in the stone?
For Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, we closely monitor the range of blue color and the level of mottling, matrix and markings we will accept. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise can have all of these markings in the stone, but QVC currently accepts only Sleeping Beauty Turquoise that is free of markings.
What is matrix?
Turquoise deposits usually form in iron-rich host rock which tends to create dark brown or tan markings called matrix.
Where is Turquoise mined?
Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth: dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum. Some areas that most of the turquoise has been mined: Arizona, Mexico and China. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is from the Sleeping Beauty mine outside Globe, Arizona. The mine got its name because the mountain where it is mined resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with her arms crossed.
How can we continue to sell Sleeping Beauty Turquoise if the mine is closed?
QVC suppliers have acquired large quantities of rough turquoise when they learned the mine was closing. We have been using these lots of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise for our jewelry.
The Sleeping Beauty mine is currently closed and, at this time, there is no new production of the Sleeping Beauty stones.
For more information about turquoise or any of our gemstones, please see the Gemstone Treatment Guide on QVC.com: