We have similar Turquoise and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Angela A. Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 176.9 grams.Length: 12.53 mm to 26.55 mm. Width: 11.92 mm to 14.32 mm. Color: opaque lighter and darker blue hues with a grey, brown, and tan matrix.
Diameter: 4.4 mm to 5.13 mm. 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 turquoise, polished cabochon coral. Belt opening measurement: 2.0 across.Men's or Women's: Unisex. Handmade by a talented Navajo silversmith in the 1950s.
Features four beautiful blue turquoise stones, each tumbled and polished for a unique design. Red coral stones, carved into round cabochons, rest in saw tooth bezel settings, accenting floral-motifs. The background upon which the stones rest was blackened for lovely contrast.
Hand-hammered stamped designs adorn the edges of the buckle. Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely.The center turquoise is held a ceramic-like material and jewelry adhesive, which is visible; there is also remnants of jewelry adhesive on the face of the buckle. 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 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. 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. 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.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. 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.