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Item: Description: Price:

NA223

STRIKING SQUASH BLOSSOM ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Squash Blossom Necklace ): This striking Sterling Silver and deep red Carnelian Squash Blossom Necklace has been a favorite in my personal collection since the early 1980's. It has the classical inverted crescent shaped Naja with a Carnelian stone at both tips and in the center. I have not worn it for awhile and it had become quite oxidized – more so than I could polish so I had it done professionally by my jeweler and now it looks great. The translucent Carnelian stones actually gleam in the light. I think you can get an idea of that in our initial photo. It has a “squiggle” hallmark and “STERLING” impressed on the back but despite an extensive search I was not able to find the name of the talented artist but I am quite certain it is Navajo. It has a hook and eye closure. I know you will enjoy wearing it as I did. Heads will turn!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length 26”. Naja 2 1/2” high, 2 1/4” wide. Individual blossoms 1 1/2” long, 3/4” wide.

SOLD!

NA224

BUTTERFLY BEAUTY ( Navajo Jewelry Mosaic Inlay Pendant ): How can I part with this? This is the most beautiful example of Navajo Mosaic Inlay Jewelry I have seen. The rainbow colors of the five Navajo Rainbow Men are created from Turquoise, Jet, Pipestone, Red Spiny Oyster Shell and Mother-of-Pearl. They inhabit a lovely field of turquoise. The inner edges of the wings are decorated with tiny silver orbs along with three along he outer edges. The Butterfly is set in Sterling Silver and hangs from a stampwork decorated bale. It bears the initials “WM” along with “STERLING” on the back. Both Wilbert and Wayne Muskett are Navajo artists known for their mosaic inlay jewelry but could not find a matching hallmark.

This butterfly pendant can decorate your finest outfit whether you live on the East Coast, the West Coast or anywhere in between.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Height 3” not including bale, 2 1/2” wide, 1/4” deep.

SOLD!

NA225

NATIVE EARTH BOLO ( Navajo Jewelry Mosaic Inlay Bolo Tie ): This gorgeous Bolo Tie, called the Native Earth Shield, was designed by David Rosales, the Navajo founder, co-owner and designer of the Gallup, NM, company SuperSmith. This set was worn by my husband for many years. The beautiful Navajo Mosaic Inlay Bolo is made from Tiger's Eye, Black Jade and Picture Jasper and set in Sterling Silver. The Tiger's Eye gold to brown looking stones actually gleam in the light and the bands of colors change from different angles. Very striking! The silver tips, or aglets, end in dangling small versions of the shield. The leather tie is black and is flat around the back of the neck so it will fit comfortably under a collar. The Sterling Silver settings are marked “Barney” on the back of the bolo and “HS” on the tips. I imagine these artists work for SuperSmith. This is part of a set with matching Belt Buckle (NA226) and Ring (NA227). They may be purchased separately or as a set.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Shield 2 3/8” high, 1 5/8” wide. Shields at tips 1” high, 7/8” wide. Tie from tip to tip is 44” long. The tips hang down 16” from my neck.

$300.00

$500.00

For The Set

NA226

NATIVE EARTH BELT BUCKLE ( Navajo Jewelry Mosaic Inlay Belt Buckle ): This gorgeous Belt Buckle, called the Native Earth Ranger Buckle, was designed by David Rosales, the Navajo founder, co-owner and designer of the Gallup, NM, company SuperSmith. This set was worn by my husband for many years. The beautiful Navajo Mosaic Inlay of the buckle is made from Tiger's Eye, Black Jade and Picture Jasper and set in Sterling Silver. The Tiger's Eye gold to brown looking stones actually gleam in the light and the bands of colors change from different angles. Very striking! The back of the buckle bears the shield shaped SuperSmith hallmark with Super down one side and Smith down the other – also marked “STERLING”. This is part of a set with matching Bolo Tie (NA225) and Ring (NA227). They may be purchased separately or as a set.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Width 3 3/8”, height 2 1/2”, depth 1/8”. It is slightly bowed to fit the body. It will take a belt up to 1 1/4” wide.

$200.00

$500.00

For The Set

NA227

NATIVE EARTH RING ( Navajo Jewelry Mosaic Inlay Ring ): This gorgeous Ring, called the Native Earth Ring, was designed by David Rosales, the Navajo founder, co-owner and designer of the Gallup, NM, company SuperSmith. This set was worn by my husband for many years. The beautiful Navajo Mosaic Inlay of the Ring is made from Tiger's Eye, Black Jade and Picture Jasper and set in Sterling Silver. The Tiger's Eye gold to brown looking stones actually gleam in the light and the bands of colors change from different angles. Very striking! Both sides of the ring have a decorative pattern. The underside of the ring bears the shield shaped SuperSmith hallmark with Super down one side and Smith down the other – also marked “STERLING”. This is part of a set with matching Bolo Tie (NA225) and Belt Buckle (NA226). They may be purchased separately or as a set.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Ring face 1 1/4” high, 5/8” wide 3/16” deep. The solid band tapers from 3/4” to 1/4” at the back. The ring size is 9 3/4.

$150.00

$500.00

For The Set

NA228

GORGEOUS GREEN TURQUOISE ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Turquoise and Sterling Silver Cuff ): There was a time when all turquoise was blue to blue-green. Now it can be any color from black to white. This Sterling Silver Cuff, created by Navajo artist Aaron Toadlena, contains five sizable gorgeous green Royston Turquoise stones with a beautiful gold and brown matrix. The Royston Turquoise mines are in Nevada and the turquoise is colored by the deposits of iron in the area. The silver portion of the cuff is decorated by Navajo Stampwork along the edges and silver orbs around the stones. The artist's name “Aaron Toadlena” and “.925” (Sterling Silver) are impressed inside the cuff. I know you will appreciate and enjoy “nature's work of art”.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Height 1 1/2”, depth 1/4”. Stones vary from 7/8” high to 1/2” high. Inner circumference 6 3/4”, gap 1 1/4”. Medium wrist size.

$300.00

NA229

NAVAJO CHOKER ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Turquoise and Amber Choker ): I have always loved chokers but as I've grown older that love has grown – for obvious reasons. This Amber and green Turquoise Choker, made by Navajo artist Henry Wilson, has almost an antique look to it – set in silver and decorated with silver wire chain, small silver orbs and larger gold orbs. It has an easily used hook and eye closure and due to the chain can fit a range of neck sizes. The back of the triangle at one end has a combined “HW” engraved on it – the hallmark of Henry Wilson. It is well know that amber has analgesic benefits and I've been told it can also reduce wrinkles. Maybe that is why my jewelry chest contains so much amber? Just sayin', that's what I've heard!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length can be varied from 12 3/4” to 15 1/2”. Central decoration 1 3/4” high, 2 1/4” wide, 1/2” deep. Beaded band 1 1/4” wide, 1/4” deep.

SOLD!

NA230

FOSSILIZED BONE SCULPTURE ( Vintage Yakama Jewelry Bone Pendant ): Though we don't go to the Northwest on shopping trips I have come to admire the NW Native American Jewelry – particularly that made from fossilized ivory and bone. I actually purchased this pendant, with its sculpted Native American Woman's Face, from a gallery in Santa Fe. It was created by Jim Tomeo who is a direct descendant of the first head chief of the Yakama Nation in what is now the state of Washington. Most of the face is carved from the hard outer bone and the surrounding hair from the inner spongy bone. I love the honeycombed appearance of the spongy bone and we have tried to show it more clearly in the two darker photos. The dark line down the center surrounding a fine crack is obviously original and used on purpose to decorate or accentuate the face. The carving is masterful. The face is set in Sterling Silver with a bone frame and a decorated bale. The hallmark “J Tomeo” is engraved on the back. I preferred to wear it on a neck wire but it also looks great on a chain.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pendant 2 3/4” high not including the bale (3 3/4” with the bale), 2” wide, 1” deep.

$400.00

NA231

CHIPITAS! ( Vintage Chipita Clip Earrings ): Chipita Earrings were extremely popular in the 1980's and collected worldwide. When their popularity waned Joan Eagle, the owner and designer of the southern Colorado company, changed to a simpler look. I panicked because I just loved the old style ones and I started buying all I could find. I probably now have the world's largest Vintage Chipita Earring collection! (If you want a certain color just ask me and I can send you a photo.) These earrings are typical of the old style with a large leather backed stone at the top framed in small stones and beads with several dangles of decorated metal shapes, beads and semiprecious stones. These large stones are turquoise. They are clip earrings with “Chipita” stamped on the clip. I have put on new Clip Slips. I still love them! I hope you will too.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length 3 3/4”, width 1 1/2”, depth 1/4”.

$90.00

NA232

COLLAR OF CORAL ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Coral Necklace ): This is a true multi-strand Coral Bead Necklace – 15 strands to be exact. Each strand is made up of small cylindrical Oxblood Red Coral Beads. Can you imagine making these small beads from coral? Great craftsmanship! It has a Silver tongue-in-groove closure with a floral decoration. You can see how beautiful the necklace looks on black and on turquoise and it will look beautiful against many other colors as well. Coral beds are dying out so this necklace will only grow in value.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length 24 3/4”, width around 1 1/4” but varies. Beads are roughly 1/4” long and 1/8” in diameter. Clasp 1” long, 3/8” wide, 3/16” deep.

SOLD!

NA233

ROSIE RING ( Navajo Jewelry Spiny Oyster Ring ): The shell of the Spiny Oyster comes in many colors – red, pink, brown, yellow, orange, purple and white. All of these colors – along with the interesting patterns of the striations – make Spiny Oyster Shells especially treasured by Native American jewelry artists. The Navajo artist, LaRose Ganadonegro, favors this floral design with the large central tear drop shaped shell surrounded by a ring of small shell petals. It is set in Sterling Silver with a silver band. On the back you can see the artist's hallmark, “L Ganado”, and “STERLING”. Notice how she has used the striations to add interest and beauty to the central shell. And this glorious ring will add interest and beauty to your hand as well.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Face 2” high, 1 1/4” wide, 1/4” deep. Band tapers from 1/2” wide to 1/4” in the back. Ring size 8.

$200.00

NA234

TIME TO BUY ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Watch Cuff ): I like my watches in a jewelry cuff and have four or five Native American ones to go with various outfits. As I have gotten older I have trouble seeing those with a small watch face but I really like this one – easy to see. This Navajo Sterling Silver Cuff is decorated with Stampwork and three oblong coral stones on each side. The watch is a vintage wind-up Timex which does still work. And you know what they say: “Timex can take a beating yet keep on ticking.”

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Maximum width 1 5/8”, tapers to 1 3/8” in back. Watch face 7/8” diameter. Depth of watch 3/8”. Coral stones 5/8” high, 3/8” wide. Inner circumference 6 3/4”, 1 1/4” gap. Medium wrist size.

SOLD!

NA235

CLASSY EARRINGS ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Clip Earrings ): These lovely earrings will top off your casual or your dressy outfits. The top oval stones are purple Spiny Oyster Shell and the dangling triangular stones are blue Turquoise. Dangling in turn from each Turquoise stone are two small turquoise stones and a small Spiny Oyster Shell. All those dangles dance as you move. All are set in Sterling Silver with Navajo Stampwork decorations. They are clip earrings and I have put on new pads. Classy and Comfortable!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length 3”, width 1 5/8”, depth 3/16”.

$50.00

NA218

SECRETS FROM THE SEA ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Mother-of-Pearl Pendant ): This very feminine Vintage Navajo Inlay Pendant is an Estate piece that caught my eye. (c. 1960-70) I was attracted to the silver inlay work that used pieces of very light pink mother-of-pearl in a marked “Sterling” setting. Basically a large triangular shape with inlay so smooth that it feels like one piece when you run your finger across it. A lovely long articulated Sterling Silver Feather is suspended below the top portion and it too has a spike of mother-of-pearl running down the center. There is a good sized pendant hook on the back. Regal and elegant, this is a superbly crafted piece of jewelry that should bring you many compliments.

Condition: Excellent. Neck wire is not included.
Size: Total 5” long, 1 1/4” wide, 1/4” deep. Feather is 2 1/2” long.

SALE!

$90.00

SOLD!

NA198

RAY TRACEY EAGLE FEATHERS ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Clip Earrings ): Through time, one of the most frequent forms of personal adornment has been hung from the ears. Earrings complete our ensembles and attract attention to our best features while expressing our moods and personality. These curled Sterling Silver Eagle Feathers with coral beads at the top, made by award winning Navajo jeweler, Ray Tracey, hang from domed silver discs decorated with stampwork and matching coral beads and express lighthearted sophistication. They are clip earring and I have placed new pads on the clips for comfort's sake. You can see Tracey's name and feather logo on the back of the feather and “925”, meaning Sterling Silver, on the back of the disc.

I must tell you the story behind these Ray Tracey earrings. I took my mother with me to the Santa Fe Indian Market back in the 1980's. Mother, a child of the depression, almost never made a purchase for herself. She just plain fell in love with a large feather inlay pendant made by Tracey. With my encouragement she purchased it but could not afford the matching earrings and wouldn't let me buy them for her. Tracey, who is the most handsome Indian you will ever see, noticed that she came back several times to look at the earrings. At the end of the day he pulled her aside, gave her the earrings for free along with a kiss. She was the envy of every woman in sight! She was in tears, as am I when I tell this story. I inherited them from her but they now belong on a younger woman – someone who will love them as much as I have.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length 2 3/4”. Feather 1 1/4”. Domed disc 1” in diameter, 3/8” deep.

SALE!

$100.00

$50.00

NA173

TURQUOISE TRANQUILITY ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Pendant ): Though fairly large in size, this Sterling Silver Navajo Pendant with two nice sized turquoise stones is very delicate in appearance and light in weight. That is because the tear drop shaped silver surround is not filled in with solid silver, but an intricate pattern of silver loops, leaves, shells and orbs. The turquoise stones lean toward the deep blue side with delicate gold-brown veins. They are bezel set and surrounded by silver roping. The bale is large enough for either a silver chain or a neck wire. I generally wore it with a neck wire as pictured. (No, that is not my neck in the photo – don't I wish!) This beauty will turn heads at any party. Don't pass it up!

Condition: Excellent
.Size: 3 1/4” long, 1 1/2” wide, 1/4” deep.

SALE!

$75.00

SOLD!

 

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