We have similar Turquoise and Native American items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Markings : Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed.
Length: 9.9 mm to 16.11 mm. Width : 7.53 mm to 10.06 mm. Color: opaque lighter and darker blue hues with black and brown spiderwebbing. 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 : Tumbled and polished heishi beads. Silver bead width: 1.33 mm. Pendant measurements : 2.18" length, 1.34" width. Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith.
The necklace is composed of. 900 sterling silver, also known as coin silver. Beautiful turquoise heishi beads adorn the necklace, each one tumbled and polished. Liquid silver, hand-made bench beads adorn the remainder of the strand.A pendant with the motif of a bird dangles from the necklace. When worn, the pendant rests against the décolletage on most people. 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. 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. 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. Heishi, or Heishe (pronounced "hee shee"), are tiny beads that are disc-, tube-, and even sometimes square-shaped, originally made from shell that has been ground and drilled. In modern times, Heishi has come to mean any tiny hand-made beads of any natural material.Modern Heishi pieces include stone, wood, bone, nuts, eggs, and metal. The oldest examples of Heishi date back to around 6000 BCE, to the Pueblo Native Americans, and is the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico. The word Heishi means "shell" and ancient Pueblo artisans used many kinds of seashells that they obtained through trade with tribes in the Gulf of California; including spiny oysters, mother-of-pearl, and melon shell. 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.