Gram Weight: 9.4 grams. 925 sterling silver pendant, sterling silver with a yellow gold wash chain.
Color: opaque brown hue with bands of lighter and darker brown shades. 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. Chain width: 1.05 mm.
Pendant measurements: 1.25" long, 0.75" wide, 0.30 in depth. Closure/Clasp Type: Spring ring clasp. Link Type: Cable link chain.Handmade in the 1950s by a talented Navajo silversmith. 925 sterling silver pendant strung on a. 925 sterling silver cable link chain with a yellow gold wash. Adorning the pendant is a piece of petrified wood which was polished to show off its beautiful brown shades.
The pendant is strung on a sterling silver cable link chain with a yellow gold wash completed with a spring ring clasp. When worn, the necklace sits just below the collarbone with the pendant resting against the decolletage on most people. The chain is a replacement added to the pendant by a previous owner; however, this does not affect wear or the overall appearance. 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.
Petrified wood is actually a fossil! The name comes from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally translating to wood turned into stone. It is the result of the fossilization of land vegetation, usually trees that have completely turned to stone after being buried by sediment for many years, replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite, or other inorganic materials. Unlike most fossils, petrified wood is not an impression on the wood, but rather a 3-D representation of the original material.
This natural material has been used by indigenous peoples to make art and jewelry for eons. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Petrified Wood Pendant Necklace" is in sale since Saturday, June 6, 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.