We have similar Agate and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Angela A. Age Circa: Native Navajo C.
Markings: Unidentified maker's mark "ES" and "1962" on the back of the pendant, "Sterling" on the inside of the bale, "STG" and pictorial star mark on the chain, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 31.7 grams. Color: semi-translucent cream hue with bands of grey, peach, and red.
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. Pendant Length, including the bale: 2.21. Bale opening: 8.42 mm long by 5.19 mm wide.
Closure/Clasp Type: Enhancer and jump ring bale. Link Type: Snake link chain. Handmade in 1962 by a talented Navajo artisan.Features a large banded agate stone which is cream in hue with grey, peach, and red banding. The stone is semi-translucent, allowing light to filter through its body and illuminate its colors. The stone is surrounded by a border of silver beads. Completed with a jump ring and an enhancer bale, allowing the pendant to be worn on a variety of antique chains and necklaces.
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. 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. Agate is a type of translucent microcrystalline quartz. It comes in many different colors including white, red, black, yellow, brown, or pink. Agate forms when silica from groundwater deposits into the cavities of igneous rocks. Different compositions of groundwater create different colors of agate. Agate gemstones have been used for thousands of years and are commonly found rings, pendants, necklaces, and beads.
The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Banded Agate HUGE Necklace 31.7g" is in sale since Sunday, September 13, 2020. 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.