We have similar Native and Navajo items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L.
Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 9.8 Grams.
Main Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 3.7 mm long by 4.9 mm wide Opaque light blue hue. Accent Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 3.7 mm long by 4.9 mm wide, Opaque bright red hue.
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: Oval Cabochon Cut Turquoise and Red Coral. Item Measurements: The barrette measures 4.22" in length and 1.68" wide. Men's or Women's: Women's.
This hair pin was handmade by a talented Navajo artisan, during the 1960s. The face of the barrette features two turquoise stones as well as red coral stone.
There are hand chased geometric designs adorning this lovely item. This item is tarnished in most portions, which is to be expected of an item this age. There is some damage on the back of the pin, where the hair pin meets the faux shell.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 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. 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. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Red Coral HUGE Hair Pin" is in sale since Saturday, July 20, 2019.
This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Hair Accessories". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.This item can be shipped worldwide.