925 sterling silver, the earrings feature pillow bench beads that were skillfully handmade using the repousse metalworking technique. Each bead was cut by hand and formed from two halves, with a small hole drilled through the top and bottom of each bead where a cable link chain was threaded. Two of the three beads, which are slightly graduated in size, also feature hand-hammered stamped designs. Shepherd's crook backings make these earrings suitable for pierced ears with the addition of butterfly backings.
Part of a set with a matching necklace, which we also have for sale separately this week. There is tarnish on some areas of the sterling silver, which is to be expected of an item of this age. 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 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.
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.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 Stamped Bead Dangle Earrings 13.6g" is in sale since Saturday, December 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This item can be shipped worldwide.