We have similar Native and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Cait P. Age Circa: Antique Native Navajo C. Markings: "925" on the clasp, tested, and guaranteed.
Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 17.8 grams. Main Stone: Number 8 Turquoise. Color: opaque blue hue with light brown spider-webbing.
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. Chain width: 1.45 mm. Pendant measurements: 1.25" long, 0.50" wide.
Closure/Clasp Type: Spring ring clasp. Link Type: Cable link chain. Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. Adorning the pendant is a large Number 8 turquoise stone which is blue in hue and displays light brown spider-webbing.The pendant is strung on a sterling silver cable link chain. When worn, the necklace dangles down the chest with the pendant resting against the decolletage on most people. 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 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 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.
8 was first mined in Nevada in 1929 until the mine was fully depleted. It is famous for its fine golden-brown to black spiderweb matrix, with a background that ranges from powder blue to deep blue; with deep blue being the most desired. Since this turquoise is no longer available, and because of its high demand, it is very rare.The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Blue Number 8 Turquoise Necklace" is in sale since Saturday, June 6, 2020. 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.