Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, tie pin. Closure Type: Pin stem with a locking "c" clasp. Convertible to Necklace Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece so it can be worn as a pendant. Handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo artisan.
Features two Kingman turquoise stones, each of which is an opaque blue with dark blue spiderwebbing. Also adorning the face of the brooch is a red coral stone which, like the turquoise, rests in a saw tooth bezel. Large curling leaf and unfolding flower motifs add a lovely touch of detail to the overall design. Completed with a pin stem with a locking "c" clasp, allowing it to be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others.Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. 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 of 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.
Kingman Turquoise comes from one of the largest turquoise mines in North America, out of Kingman, Arizona. This mine was discovered by prehistoric Native Americans over a 1000 years ago and is one of the oldest operating turquoise mines in America; even being traded with the Maya. It is highly prized for its black iron pyrite matrix and beautiful rich sky-blue color and has become an industry standard.
The mine produces green turquoise as well, which is also very popular. Red Coral is a highly prized stone by Native American cultures and has long been used by artisans in the Southwest.
Spanish traders introduced coral to the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other tribes, and it quickly became a sign and symbol of wealth and status in many different Native American cultures. It varies in color from deep red to orange, with red being the preferred choice of Native American jewelry makers. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Kingman Turquoise Coral Pin Brooch" is in sale since Saturday, March 28, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.