Width: 6.94 mm and 7.20 mm. Color: opaque bright aqua-blue hue with areas of darker green and blue hues, as well as mottled dark brown and light brown hues throughout. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts : Carved and polished cabochon.
Earring Backing Style : Shepherd's crook backings. Your jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire.
For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Pierced. Handmade during the 1940s by a talented Navajo silversmith. Each earring features a beautiful Royston turquoise stone from Nevada. These striking stones showcase opaque bright aqua-blue hues with areas of darker green and blue hues, as well as mottled dark brown and light brown hues throughout them. Beneath each stone extends the motif of an unfolding squash blossom motif.
The turquoise stones dangle from hook backings, which are adorned with hollow silver bead designs. Hook backings with safety catches make these earrings suitable for pierced ears. There is tarnish on the sterling silver in some areas, which gives the earrings a lovely antique quality.The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find.
This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. The Navajo Nation sits on 27,000 square miles within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
The Navajo have a rich history and culture and have become known for creating some of the finest sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, incorporating their own traditional motifs with silversmithing. The squash blossom necklace is perhaps one the most famous Navajo styles produced, along with turquoise inlay rings.
Turquoise is an important stone in Navajo culture; symbolizing happiness, good fortune, and good health. The first Navajo silversmith, Atsidi Sani, was taught around 1865 by a Mexican silversmith. Atsidi Sani in turn taught his four sons, who then started teaching other Navajo artisans.
In the beginning, Navajo artisans created sterling silver jewelry for themselves and others in the Navajo Nation. The squash blossom design refers to the likeness of a bead or stone to the flower from a blossoming squash plant, which was a significant food source for the native Navajo.
The design originated from Spanish contact with the Navajo many years ago. The original likeness of the design can be attributed to the pomegranate blossom of the eastern world, and was adapted by the Navajo for their own use.
In many contemporary designs, the concept is still used, however, sometimes the design is highly conceptualized, and it is not obviously recognizable. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing.Royston turquoise is a Nevada turquoise famous for being one of the few naturally green forms of turquoise in the world. It ranges in color from rich forest green and aqua blue offset by a heavy golden-brown matrix. Occasionally true-blue turquoise is found, along with spiderweb turquoise varieties.
The item "Antique Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Native Navajo Squash Blossom Earrings 6.1g" is in sale since Sunday, August 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Earrings".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.