We have similar Native Turquoise items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation.
Gram Weight: 4.5 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color: 11 mm by 9.5 mm; Bright blue with internal spiderweb matrix of brown. 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. Item Measurements: The pendant measures 0.95" long and 0.61" wide.Notable Features: This necklace was handmade during the Fred Harvey era C. Composed of coin sterling silver and Thunderbird turquoise, this pendant was handcrafted by a skilled Navajo silversmith in the American Southwest. The artisan would have hand hammered and rolled out the coin silver and every aspect of the piece would have been handmade. The turquoise has a bright blue hue with an internal spiderweb matrix of brown. The stone has been carved into a rectangle and rests in the coin silver bezel setting. The body of the pendant has been hand formed into a squash blossom motif. The bale is open since the piece was originally made for a multi-strand or liquid silver necklace which would look amazing with the pendant. An exquisite example of Navajo jewelry from the Fred Harvey era, this charm pendant would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection or make a wonderful gift. Don't miss your chance to preserve this incredible piece of cultural history. 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. 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.
Pre 1950s Navajo silversmiths would make jewelry out of US 90% Silver coins. They would use Half Dollars, Quarters, & Mercury Dimes. This type of jewelry is very rare, as it usually contained a high silver purity and was expensive to make. Whole Coin jewelry was worn around the reservation as a status symbol of wealth. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Pawn 0.95 Pendant" is in sale since Saturday, December 8, 2018.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.