Markings : Unidnetified pictorial maker's marking on the back of the earrings, tested, and guaranteed. Main stone : Mother of pearl. 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 oval cabochon. Length: 0.99" & 1.04". Width: 0.82" & 0.83". Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. 900 sterling silver, also known as coin silver, a popular purity of silver during this time period. Two beautiful mother of pearl stones rest in saw tooth bezel settings. A lovely floral and curling leaf design accents the tops of the stones. Completed with clip-on backings for secure wear.
There is minor wear to the faces of both stones, and they are both a bit matte; these can be polished by your local jeweler. Tarnish on the sterling silver gives the earrings a lovely antique quality, and tarnish can be removed with a buffing, if desired.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 wasn't repaid, the item became known as either "Old Pawn" or Dead Pawn.
Mother of Pearl is a beautiful type of organic mollusk shell lining that is made up of nacre, the same substance that coats pearls. It is a strong, iridescent material that is well suited to decorative arts, and has been used in art, jewelry and even architecture for thousands of years. Mother of Pearl is highly prized for its distinct, multi-colored pearlescent glow. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Earrings".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.