Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation (pendant); Italy (replacement chain). Gram Weight: 43.1 grams. Color: opaque bright blue hue with mottled deeper blue hues and a deep brown matrix. 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. Bead width: 3.10 mm. Pendant measurements: 2.79" long, 1.37" wide.
Bale opening: 8.44 mm diameter. Closure/Clasp Type: Lobster clasp, slider bale.Link Type: Sterling silver beads on wire. This pendant was handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. The pendant consists of a Bisbee turquoise stone with a bright blue hue, mottled deeper blue hues, and a deep brown matrix. This stone rests securely in a bezel setting. Many hand-made round bench beads were also strung on this replacement chain. When worn, the pendant rests against against the bustline on most people. There is tarnish on the sterling silver in some areas, giving the piece a lovely antique quality. The chain is a replacement from later in the pendant's history.
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 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.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. Bisbee Turquoise is mined in Arizona and was accidentally discovered while mining for copper. Bisbee Turquoise is well known for its medium to dark blue with red, black, or brown matrixes. It is also found with a deep green color and a webbed or dendritic chocolate brown matrix.
The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Beaded Necklace 43.1g" is in sale since Sunday, November 22, 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.