We have similar Beaded and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Angela A.Age Circa: Antique Native Navajo C. Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation. Sterling silver bead width: 1.55 mm. Closure/Clasp Type: Hook and eye clasp. Link Type: Sterling silver beads on string. Handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith.
The necklace consists of ten strands of string upon which sterling silver heishi beads were strung. These beads were composed entirely by hand. The ten strands of beads have a flowing waterfall-like appearance, earning them the name "liquid silver".The strands can be worn twisted around each other in the torsade style. Hand-hammered stamped geometric designs adorn the caps of the necklace. When worn, the necklace rests just beneath the bustline on most people. There is tarnish on the sterling silver in some areas, giving the piece a lovely antique quality. The price 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.
Heishi, or Heishe (pronounced hee shee), are tiny beads that are disc-, tube-, and even sometimes square-shaped, originally made from shell that has been ground and drilled. In modern times, Heishi has come to mean any tiny hand-made beads of any natural material. Modern Heishi pieces include stone, wood, bone, nuts, eggs, and metal. The oldest examples of Heishi date back to around 6000 BCE, to the Pueblo Native Americans, and is the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico. The word Heishi means shell and ancient Pueblo artisans used many kinds of seashells that they obtained through trade with tribes in the Gulf of California; including spiny oysters, mother-of-pearl, and melon shell.The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Liquid Silver Bead Necklace 52g" is in sale since Saturday, May 22, 2021. 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.