We have similar Native and Pueblo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Cait P. Age Circa: Antique Native Pueblo C. Markings: "VA" on the back of the pendant, Tested, and Guaranteed.Country of Origin: United States, Pueblo Nation. Gram Weight: 13.2 Grams. Main Stone: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. Main Stone Measurements/Color: 5.4 mm long, 3.95 mm wide, Opaque robin's egg blue hue. Accent Stone Measurements/Color: 3.25 mm long, 2.25 mm wide, Opaque green hue with brown and black spiderwebbing. 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. Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 17.25 and measures 3.15 mm wide. The pendant measures 2.1" in length and 0.95" wide. 925 Sterling Silver Heishi Beads and Cabochon Cut Turquoise Stones on Silk String.
Made during the Fred Harvey era in the 1960s by Vidal Aragon, a talented jeweler from the Pueblo Nation who passed away in 2015. Classic liquid silver design of small sterling silver heishi beads strung on a white silk string complemented by Manassa turquoise heishi beads. The pendant features hand stamped designs and beautiful Sleeping Beauty turquoise stones. When worn, this necklace rests below the collarbone on most people with the pendant dangling below.
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. Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo, is located on the Rio Grande and is particularly known for Native Pueblo artists who create heishi necklaces made of bone, shell and turquoise beads, some of which are so finely cut that they almost look like strands of hair. These beautiful and colorful necklaces are also sometimes incorrectly identified as "Depression Jewelry", however their origin certainly predates the Great Depression, and they are still being made today by Kewa artists. Pueblo artisans are also quite famous for their inlaid mosaic-like pieces. 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. Liquid Silver Southwestern and Native American necklaces are often identifiable by their multiple strands and tubular beads strung over them. They are called liquid silver due to the way that they mimic a single piece of silver and catch the light, looking like "liquid silver" or a "waterfall" of silver. Other cultures also use a similar type of chain, for example, snake chains in Italian Anatoli style jewelry.
This type of jewelry design offers a stunning appearance and light feel to the skin. 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. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is known throughout the world for its gorgeous solid robins egg blue hue.
This Arizona mine is regarded as one the most important turquoise mines in the world, and it has a very rich history; being mined by the Anasazi people over a 1,000 years ago and being traded in ancient times between North, Central, and South American civilizations. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was re-discovered by gold and silver miners in the early 1900s and since then, this beautifully bright blue turquoise has become iconic in the gem industry. The Sleeping Beauty Mine closed in 2012, making this highly desired turquoise hard to find. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Pueblo VIDAL ARAGON Turquoise Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, May 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.