Age Circa: Antique Native Navajo C. Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation.Gram Weight: 1.8 grams. Color: opaque light blue hue with black striations.
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: Carved and polished cabochon. Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, tie pin. Convertible to Necklace Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece so it can be worn as a pendant. Handmade during the 1950s by a talented Navajo artisan. Features a beautiful turquoise stone which is light blue in hue with black striations.
This stone rests securely in a saw-tooth bezel setting. This item was made in the shadowbox style, and is a domed circle.
In popular shadowbox style, there is a low relief area surrounding the bezel setting, adding a gorgeous contrast to the ring. The empty portion surrounding the turquoise stone was made in a star motif. Completed with a pin stem, allowing it to be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. This item is missing its pin stopper, which can easily be added by your local jeweler in order to be worn properly. Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite 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 of 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. Urquoise 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.
The shadowbox is a design that features a hollow shape with a cut out design on top of a solid piece. The beauty of these designs lays in the contrast between the dark recesses of the hollow section, and the beautiful metalwork that has been laid on top of it. Ambitious jewelers would even set stones inside the hollow sections, giving just a glimpse of the gem through the top layer. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Lapel Stick Pin Brooch" is in sale since Saturday, May 2, 2020. 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.