Markings: "Sterling" on the back of the brooch, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 10.3 Grams. Item Measurements: The pendant measures 0.70" in length and 2.15" wide.
Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin, Tie Pin. Closure Type: Pin Stem with a Locking "C" Clasp. Convertible to Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece so it can be worn as a pendant. Handmade during the 1930s by a Navajo artisan. Repousse metalworking techniques were used to hand-hammer.
800 sterling silver, also known as coin silver, into the likeness of flowers and curling leaves. Can be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. 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. 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. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn.
Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Southwest Navajo Flower Pin Brooch" is in sale since Saturday, June 8, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This item can be shipped worldwide.