Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation. Main Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 12.1 mm long by 8 mm wide, Bright blue hue with black striations. 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 Cut. Item Measurements: The pendant measures 1.17 long measured from the top of the bale to the bottom of the pendant and 0.94. Notable Features: This necklace pendant was handmade with Navajo craftsmanship and design.
925 sterling silver and Kingman turquoise, this necklace pendant was handcrafted by a skilled Navajo silversmith in the American Southwest around the year 1950. The artisan would have hand-hammered the sterling silver, carved the stone, and every aspect of the piece would have been handmade.The focal point of this pendant is a tumbled and polished Kingman turquoise stone. This stone would have been mined in Arizona and is known for its lovely hue. The stone is mostly a bright blue with some black striations on the outer edges of the stone. The turquoise is held in place using a. 925 sterling silver bezel which is set into the squash blossom motif pendant. The pendant itself is circular in shape, with an applied metal feather accent to the left of the bezel and a chain of applied granulation to the left.
The background of the pendant highlights the high relief accents due to it's tarnished appearance. This pendant has a bale that should fit most chains, including those that are up for sale under our items this week. Such beautiful statement pieces like these don't appear often. An exquisite example of Navajo jewelry, this pendant would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection or make a wonderful gift. Don't miss your chance to preserve this amazing piece of American history.
This item is fairly tarnished, which adds to the character of this item. The price of this pendant 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 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.
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. 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. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Kingman Turquoise Necklace Pendant" is in sale since Saturday, January 12, 2019. 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.