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 Italy SU" on the clasp of the replacement chain, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation (pendant); Italy (replacement chain). Brand: Unknown pendant; Suarti chain. Gram Weight: 4.1 grams.
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.Chain width: 0.90 mm. Pendant measurements: 1.15" long, 0.55" wide. Closure/Clasp Type: Spring ring clasp. Link Type: Cable link chain. Handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith.
Features red coral and blue turquoise stones in sawtooth bezels. The pendant is strung on a replacement cable link chain completed with a spring ring clasp.When worn, the necklace sits below the collarbone with the pendant resting against the décolletage 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. Red coral is a highly prized stone by Native American cultures and has long been used by artisans in the Southwest. Spanish traders introduced coral to the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other tribes, and it quickly became a sign and symbol of wealth and status in many different Native American cultures. It varies in color from deep red to orange, with red being the preferred choice of Native American jewelry makers.
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. The item "Antique Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Native Navajo Coral Turquoise Necklace 4.1g" is in sale since Saturday, February 6, 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.