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Item: Description: Price:

NA213

BEAR SPIRITUAL GUIDE ( Native American Navajo Indian Sterling Bear Pendant ): Bears, the symbol of supreme power, have always been a popular subject with Southwest jewelers. In the Navajo creation story the bear is a guardian of the Sun and a symbol of power, strength and protection by almost all native tribes. This sleek, shiny Sterling Silver Navajo Bear Pendant (c. 1999) is the result of the overlay technique decorated with a heartline that ends in a lightning bolt. A crescent shaped inlay mirrors his legs decorated with delicate stampwork motifs. There is a very nice sized bale marked on the back “Sterling” and a lizard hallmark. I do not know who the artist is. A sizable piece that could be worn on a chain or neckwire. You can be sure that all eyes will be on you when wearing this dynamic and powerful Bear Pendant!

Condition: Excellent. (The chain is not included.)
Size: Bear hangs 2 5/8” from the top of the bale. The bear itself is 1 5/8” high, 2 1/2” wide, 1/4” deep – a lot of silver!

SALE!

$75.00

$30.00

NA199

BEJEWEL BEADS ( Carroll Dorsey Walker “Bejewel” Turquoise Beaded Necklace ): They don't come untied, won't blow away in the wind, don't need ironing and attract lots of attention – necklaces are a prime wardrobe enhancer. Although this 4-Strand Turquoise Bead Necklace is not made by Native Americans, you will find that it harmonizes with your other pieces so beautifully. It is made by San Antonio jewelry designer, Carroll C. Walker who knows that every woman needs a touch of glamour. Her brand “Bejewel” is stylish enough to have made appearances on the red carpet at both the Oscars and the Emmys. We have photo graphed three different ways that you can wear this necklace – as a choker, at the base of your neck or a little lower using an extender. Made of four strands of true turquoise beads (with matrix), the clasp closure is a Sterling Silver adjustable hook and eye. There is a silver tag that reads “Bejewel, Carroll Dorsey Walker”. This is a necklace for all seasons and the turquoise is natural. You cannot go wrong with this look of bead-work that would be at home anywhere in the world.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: The 4 strand lengths are graduated between 11 1/2” to 13 1/2”. The beads are 3/8” in diameter. The chain is 2 1/2” long.

SALE!

$100.00

$50.00

NA203

CORAL A BLOOM ( Native American Navajo Indian Clip Earrings ): These Navajo clip earrings (c. 1990) remind me of a flower blossom with a bezel set oval of scarce red coral at the center. Most coral used in the Southwest comes from the Mediterranean Sea, the red coral being the favorite among Native American artists. (The harvesting of red coral has been banned so there will be no more available.) Appealing to the eye, the Sterling Silver blossom “petals” provide a slightly curved base with scalloped edges all around. The clips are also Sterling and the backs are hallmarked “M. Jackson” Striking eye dazzlers that you will find yourself reaching for often. A price guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 3/8” high, 1” wide, coral is 5/8” high, 1/2” wide, 1/4” deep.

SALE!

$125.00

$60.00

NA202

RING ON YOUR FINGER ( Vintage Native American Navajo Style Indian Ring ): Rings have been symbols of power and majesty, of eternal devotion and friendship. “Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes” - since the dawn of time we've enjoyed adorning our fingers. They add drama to gestures, ensuring that others will take notice as well. Wearing this large, lovely turquoise ring (c. 1998) will make you feel right at home in Santa Fe's finest restaurants. The large, bezel set stone of turquoise has fine veins and golden areas scattered across its surface. It is set in a fancy decorated Sterling Silver mount featuring wire twists and a rim of silver with five silver orbs along one side. The adjustable ring band is decorated with stampwork designs. On the back the ring is marked “Sterling” with the artist's hallmark “DV” - Apache artist Darrell Victor. Decorate your hand with this beauty!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Ring face is 1 3/4” high, 1 5/8” wide, 1/4” deep. Ring band tapers from 1/2” to 1/4” and is adjustable.

SALE!

$75.00

$35.00

NA181

TREASURES OF THE WORLD ( Native American Indian Jewelry Treasure Necklace ): This Treasure Necklace is a real beauty to behold! All of the elements have been gathered from cultures throughout the world. Each necklace is one of a kind and incorporates the labor and expertise of a wide variety of artists. This three-strand “Treasure Necklace” consists of a mixture of various stones, Venetian glass beads, ancient pottery shards and hand carved fetishes. Coral, lapis, opal, aquamarine and tourmaline form the background of this treasure necklace. Other natural materials include travertine, turquoise, opal, carnelian, green onyx, rose quartz, hematite, sodalite, pipe stone, jasper and amber. The silver beads are Navajo and the fetish carvings are Zuni in origin. I particularly like the chunks of clear rock crystal and the fetish animals – the foxes, birds, bears, owls, fish, turtles and the most charming – coral and spiny oyster shell frogs. You can spend hours looking at each element. The artistry is apparent in the choice and placement of the “treasures”. All three strands are encased in silver cones at the ends and the hook fits into the extender chain, giving you the choice of how long you want the beads to hang. You can easily slip it over your head. A lavish and show-stopping necklace for you ladies who favor the bold and dramatic look. Wear it on denim or velvet – this is a look you will treasure!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: From cone to cone 33” long, extender chain 4 1/2” long, hangs about 1 1/4" wide.
SALE!

$80.00

SOLD!

NA217

BEAUTIFUL BEADS ( Vintage Native American Santa Domingo Indian Jewelry Bead Necklace ): The Santa Domingo Tribe is well known for its beautiful hand made beads. Labor intensive, their beads are cut, rounded, sanded, drilled and polished – all by hand. This sleek necklace is made of serpentine and turquoise beads. The center front is strung so that the serpentine beads alternate with tiny olive shell heishi beads that guarantee that they gracefully curve in an attractive manner. The polished beads are graduated in size, becoming narrower at the back so that your neck is always comfortable. Sterling Silver beads end with a hook and eye closure. You cannot go wrong with this look of bead-work that would be at home anywhere in the world.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 25 1/2” long. Largest beads 3/8” in diameter.

SALE!

$50.00

$25.00

NA193

FASHION FAVORITE – STAMPWORK EARRINGS ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Pierced Earrings ):Since we make yearly trips to Sedona and Santa Fe, I make it a point to look for the latest trends in Native American jewelry. I notice that the current “hot” pieces involve stampwork – an old tradition that is made new again. These Navajo stampwork earrings are a newer example of that exemplary workmanship. Look at the precise hand stamping and the beautifully scalloped edges. The design just keeps circling within. Note that the central floral design is echoed in the floral pierced ear tops. Retro in inspiration, modern in execution and striking to wear. These earrings are Tomorrow's Treasures as well today's delight.

Condition: Excellent. Artist unknown.
Size: Total length 2 1/4”. Diameter of dangle disk 1 1/2”, diameter of pierced top disk 3/4”.

SALE!

$60.00

$30.00

NA204

HOPI SUNFACE ( Vintage Native American Hopi Indian Clip Earrings ): Sleek and sophisticated, these Vintage Hopi Sunface Clip Earrings are a fine example of the overlay technique developed by the Hopi in the early 1940's. (c. 1960-70) The bottom layer of Sterling Silver that shows through the top cut-out is oxidized, turning it black, to make the surface design more prominent. Look for the tiny hand made textured marks in the dark areas showing through the satin finished overlay design. This is the way you tell true Hopi Jewelry from inexpensive machine made copies. Superbly crafted and hallmarked by the unknown artist, these earrings are also marked very lightly by the trademark Hopi face (seen just to the right of the hallmark) denoting the Hopi Silvercraft Guild. Regal and elegant, black and silver are always in the best of taste.

Condition: Excellent. Clips are firm.
Size: 1” in diameter.

SALE!

$50.00

$25.00

NA148

PETITE CIRCLE OF FEATHERS ( Vintage Native American Hopi Indian Earrings ): I am certain that this pair of petite Hopi clip earrings is one-of-a-kind. I can say that because I had them made by combining two pairs of earrings by the same designer. (c. 1980) This very fine and delicate work was done by Hopi artist Homer Vance, now deceased. The top motif is a Hopi “Tewa” or Sun God. There is a traditional face in the middle surrounded by feathers. The free swinging feather dangle that I had added gives the earrings a touch of drama. Both the feather and the Tewa are hallmarked “HV” and, of course, the earrings are Sterling Silver. Some ladies have asked for smaller earrings. These certainly fit the bill! It is much easier for the artist to do larger pieces than the texturing involved in such tiny places as the Tewa circle of feathers. The perfect gift to give yourself!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2” long, 5/8” wide.
SALE!
$85.00

$40.00

NA152

PURPLE & SILVER “SHOULDER DUSTER” EARRINGS: ( Native American Santo Domingo Indian Jewelry Beaded Earrings ): These dazzling pierced earrings are plucked from my personal collection of beaded beauties. Call them “shoulder dusters” or long and grand, the iridescent purple, green, white and pearl seed beads shimmer and glitter with life. The unusual shape of the “closed horseshoe” (or tear drop) top portion is an inspired and fresh take on beaded earrings – while below long tubular beads of silver glass, ending with oval silver beads, whisper as they brush your shoulders. Topped by silver pierced ear wires, these eye dazzlers light up the room and make you the center of attention. For the bold, confident woman who likes all eyes on her!

Condition: Excellent. Much prettier than photos. The iridescence is difficult to capture.
Size: Total from center of ear wire – 5” long, 1 1/4" at widest point.
SALE!

$65.00

$30.00

NA212

HOPI STAFF OF LIFE ( Vintage Native American Hopi Indian Corn Pendant / Pin ): My personal favorite Indian jewelry is made by the Hopi. This truly spectacular Hopi pendant/pin is crafted by Ramon Dalangyawma, who has achieved greatness as a master Hopi jewelry artist. Born in the Grand Canyon, he is noted for his incredible talent for fine detail in the silver overlay style. His designs are animated with life. Working in his grandfather's fields led him to frequently use the corn motif in his designs. Maze is vital to Hopi substance and religion. “For traditional Hopi corn is the central bond. Its essence, physically, spiritually and symbolically, pervades their existence.” Corn is the staff of life; enough to eat results in good health and well-being. This shiny oval pendant features a cornstalk floating in a shadow box setting. (c. 1990) It is surrounded with symbols of the elements – water being essential to the growth of corn. The lower right side has been executed in a scalloped design. The back has both a pendant hook and a Sterling pin back with a safety closure. It is hallmarked “DALANGYAMWMA” and stamped “Sterling”. Hopi work is fast disappearing due to Japanese collectors snapping it up at any price. This complex and meaningful piece of first class Hopi overlay is flawlessly worked by this acknowledged master silversmith – and at an approachable price.

Condition: Excellent. (The chain is not included.)
Size: 2” long, 1 5/8” wide, 3/8” deep.

SOLD!

NA200

ESTATE STONE OVERLAY ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Bracelet ): This striking Navajo bracelet is a fine example of an Estate find. (c. 1985-90) Hand made Sterling Silver wire twists and two stylized flower designs are accentuated by carved and polished rectangles of stones to create a polished and colorful overlay design. The stone overlay consists of eight pieces of mother-of-pearl, two red coral stripes and at the center two pieces of blue turquoise with a black and silver matrix. The design is bold and colorful. The inside of this bracelet is smooth and polished, artist unknown. Will fit a medium wrist. An outstanding and beautiful expression of the artist's masterful handling of both the silver-work and stone design. Wear it everywhere and let other family members admire it in the future. A knock-'em-dead Navajo bracelet – wear it proudly and often.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Inner circumference 6 3/8” with 1 3/8” opening, 1/8” thick. Good solid feel. Will fit a medium wrist.

SOLD!

NA205

THE YEI'S HAVE IT ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Squash Blossom Style Necklace ): Historic photos of Native Americans often show them all dressed up and almost always feature a large, impressive squash blossom necklace. Jewelers are creating more modern versions like this necklace of Sterling Silver sandcast Yei figures by award winning Navajo artist, Francis Jones. Sandcasting is, perhaps, one of the most difficult silversmithing techniques to master and is labor intensive. Sandstone is carved with the design about to be cast. Another stone is places against the carved piece and the two are fastened together with a hole carved at one end. Molten silver is then poured into the hole and once the piece has cooled it is hand finished and lightly oxidized. It has an antique Old World look with a slightly sandy texture on the underside of the piece. This necklace has belonged to me since 1987 and it is a “book piece” featured in the book “Evolving Designs” Nancy Shiffer, 1990, Page 151. It has a double strand of silver beads supporting twelve sandcast silver rainbow god figures and a larger naja at the center. The closure is a hook and eye and has the hallmark “FJ”. Francis Jones has created a necklace that is wonderfully graphic and bold in size. The design is dramatic yet tailored. Gleaming Sterling Silver is fashioned into a striking, sophisticated necklace that will definitely add a jolt of chic to almost any wardrobe. It will look fabulous for generations to come.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Extends approximately 14 1/2” down when held at closure and it is 26” long. The bottom of the Yei naja hangs 8” below my neck when worn. Central Yei is 2 1/4” long, 2 1/2” wide. Smaller yeis taper from 1 1/8” wide to 3/4” wide.

SOLD!

NA196

FLAMES ABLAZE ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Cuff Watch Bracelet ): This Navajo Cuff Watch Bracelet is a piece that I have worn since the 1980's. A tour de force of superlative silversmithing that resulted in a stunning visual effect. Purchased in Santa Fe, the artist has cut the Sterling Silver “flames” layer and then overlaid them on the oxidized textured under-layer. The cutout flames reach downward to the ends of the cuff and sideways to the edges. There is currently the original oval Quartz Timex watch in place at the center. (You can have a jeweler replace it with a newer watch, though this one still works. The tabs that hold the watch can be opened to replace the watch or battery.) The artist's mark reads “LT” (full name unknown) and is marked “Sterling” & “USA”. I would still be wearing this signature watch if my eyesight was not what it used to be. Wear it proudly and often, heads will turn!

Condition: Cuff is excellent. Watch face has some dings.
Size: Cuff is 1 1/2” wide with a 6 3/4” inner opening with a 1 3/8” gap. Fit's small/medium wrist. Oval watch is 3/4” high, 1/2” wide.

SOLD!

NA192

SPLENDID SILVER LEAVES ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Necklace ): This most unusual Sterling Silver and Coral Necklace is a fine example of estate jewelry. The edges of the teardrop shaped pendant are enlivened with inset Mediterranean coral heishi beads. Two gracefully curved leaves accent the hanging drop of three bezel set orange coral rounds, each enhanced by a pair of “silver veined” leaves. The graceful form and effective design of the pendant will light up your eyes. The necklace itself is made up of silver cones and rounds. The clasp is a nice hook and eye. This necklace is signed with the initials “LB” and what appears to be a three leafed clover at the center. Also stamped “Sterling”. With lavish silver-work and precious coral, this necklace is elegant enough for dress-up or casual occasions. Wear it everyday and revel in the attention!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: The beaded necklace portion is almost 17” long. It will hang just below your neck. The pendant is 2 1/2” long and 1 1/2” wide with the dangle of corals 1 1/2” long and 3/4” wide.

SOLD!

NA188

MAJESTIC TURQUOISE EAGLE PENDANT ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Eagle Pendant ): I find it very hard to part with this large and lovely Turquoise Eagle Pendant – always one of my favorites. His wings are made from two large turquoise stones naturally decorated with black veins and carved by the artist with multiple grooves delineating the wing feathers. The body is carved from the same vein of turquoise with golden shell feet and beak. He clutches a mother-of-pearl fish in his claws. His eyes are also mother-of-pearl with black pupils. He is backed in silver with hinged wings so they can open and close in a very realistic manner. There are large hooks on the back of each wing where the silver link chain is attached. Each link is decorated with stampwork. There is a double hook closure at the back of the chain. The closure is very hard to work by yourself. I found it much easier to slightly loosen one of the hooks on a wing and slide the chain on and off there. It is signed “Larry Livingstone”, a member of a prominent Navajo family of artists. You are unlikely to see its equal – even in Santa Fe. Take flight with this Majestic Eagle!

Condition: Excellent. (The original piece was copied in a much smaller size, losing all of its high impact.)
Size: Wingspan 6 1/4”, 3” high. Body 1 5/8” high, 5/8” wide, 1” deep. Fish 7/8” long. Chain 21” long.

SOLD!
 

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