Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation. Main Stone: Number Eight Turquoise.Main Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 20.7 mm long by 18.7 mm wide, Opaque bright blue hue with webbed striations of dark black. 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 1.65 long measured from the top of the bale to the bottom of the pendant and 1.03.Notable Features: This necklace pendant was handmade with Navajo craftsmanship and design. 925 sterling silver and Number Eight 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 coin 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 Number Eight turquoise stone. This type of turquoise is found in Nevada and is known for its bright blue hue and incredible black spiderweb matrix. This stone is circular in shape and domes slightly towards the center of the bezel. The stone is an opaque hue with the traditional appearance of Number Eight turquoise and is a fantastic catch. The stone is held securely in place using a. Surrounding the base of this bezel is a halo of silver that was hand hammered into its current shape. The technique used to do so is the repousse technique. This technique involves hand hammering precious metals into the desired shape, in this case, a pinwheel inspired shape. 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.
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. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front.
Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Number Eight 8 Turquoise Pendant" is in sale since Sunday, January 13, 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.