We have similar Turquoise and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item description by: Cait P. Age Circa: Antique Native Navajo C. Markings: "925" on the back of the pendant, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation.Gram Weight: 7.2 grams. Main Stone: Carico Lake turquoise. Color: opaque, vibrant green hue with dark brown 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: Polished round cabochon. Length, including the bale: 1.95. Bale opening: 6.6 mm long, 4.2 mm wide. Handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. Features a large Carico Lake turquoise stone which is green in hue with dark brown spiderwebbing. The stone was carved into a round, cabochon disk with a hole at its center. A triangular motif accented with geometric designs sits above the stone. Completed with a standard bale. 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. Carico Lake turquoise is mined from a dried-up lakebed in Nevada; it has also sometimes been called Aurora and Stone Cabin turquoise. Most turquoise from this mine is light blue with a light brown spiderweb matrix, but Carico Lake is most famous for its rare, naturally bright spring green turquoise with yellow brown spiderweb matrix, called Lime turquoise. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Carico Lake Turquoise Pendant 7.2g" is in sale since Sunday, May 9, 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.