Length: 2.45 mm to 2.62 mm. Width : 1.81 mm to 2.06 mm. Color: opaque bright red hue. 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 rounded beads. Silver bead width: 1.07 mm to 2.08 mm.
Bear pendant measurements : 0.75 diameter. Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. The necklace is composed of. Five strands of string were adorned with silver beads, known as liquid silver due to their flowing, smooth appearance. Five round pendants were also strung on the necklace, each accented with a hand-hammered, stamped bear heartline design.
The heartline commonly signifies a being's life force. Bright red coral beads were strung between each pendant, framed by sterling silver bench beads. When worn, the necklace sits against the décolletage on most people. Part of a set with a matching pair of earrings and bracelet, also for sale separately this week.
Tarnish on the sterling silver gives the necklace an antique quality we believe is rather lovely. 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.Red coral has played an important part in Chinese art, culture, and style throughout history and into the 21st century. Red coral has been used as an ornamental stone or material in Chinese jewelry, carvings, and sculptures because of its vibrant variety of red hues. In ancient times, red coral was delivered to China by the Silk Roads from Italy, by sea from the Persian Gulf, and from the Mediterranean Sea via the Indian Ocean. The amount of natural red color has dramatically decreased in recent years due to environmental factors and coral harvesting. The quantity of manufactured coral on the market has increased as the popularity of Chinese red coral continues.
Liquid Silver Southwestern and Native American necklaces are often identifiable by their multiple strands and tubular beads strung over them. They are called liquid silver due to the way that they mimic a single piece of silver and catch the light, looking like "liquid silver" or a "waterfall" of silver.Other cultures also use a similar type of chain, for example, snake chains in Italian Anatoli style jewelry. This type of jewelry design offers a stunning appearance and light feel to the skin.
Navajo silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned about stamping from Mexican leather workers, and adopted this to their metal working. Artisans made their own stamps that were passed down to each generation. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes.
This technique has been passed on and utilized by other Native American tribes and continues to be a popular method of jewelry making. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.