We have similar Native and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L. Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation.
Gram Weight: 13.2 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 10.3 mm long by 7.1 mm wide, Opaque blue hue with black striations. Accent Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 7.7 mm long by 4.8 mm wide, Opaque bright red hue. 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: Tumbled Smooth Turquoise, Rectangular Red Coral Cabochon. Item Measurements: The keychain measures 2.22" long measured from the top of the bale to the bottom of the foot keychain by up to 1.16" wide. The keychain loop itself measures 0.99 in diameter. Men's or Women's: Unisex. This lovely item was handmade by a talented Navajo artisan.
This item is a keychain which could be easily added to a set of keys or other personal items. This item was made in a foot motif, and features turquoise and red coral stones.
These stones are held in place using sawtooth bezel settings. The foot is adorned with hand stamped symbols, which represent sun rays. Sun rays symbolize consistency in Native American culture. This item is slightly tarnished in the low relief areas, which is to be expected of an item this age, and adds to the character of this item.The foot motif is slightly bent out of shape in some areas, which adds to the handmade character of this item. The price of this item 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. Native American coin jewelry was originally worn by Native Americans on the reservation as a status symbol. Due to its unique appearance, coin jewelry became wildly popular at trading posts, and 90% silver coins were used by Native American jewelers for most of the twenty-first century, through the end of the 1960s. Navajo silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned about stamping from Mexican leather workers, and adopted this to their metal working. Artisans made their own stamps that were passed down to each generation. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes. This technique has been passed on and utilized by other Native American tribes and continues to be a popular method of jewelry making. 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. The item "Antique Vintage Native Sterling Silver Navajo Pawn Turquoise Red Coral Keychain" is in sale since Saturday, May 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Women's Accessories\Key Chains, Rings & Finders".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.