We have similar Navajo and Inlay items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Age Circa: Vintage Native Navajo C.
Markings: "S" and an illegible maker's mark on the back of the brooch, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation.
Gram Weight: 4.2 grams. Length: Between 6.96 mm long at its largest and 0.73 mm long at its smallest. Width: Between 5.11 mm wide at its largest and 1.79 mm wide at its smallest. Color: opaque deep black hue.
Accent Stone: Spiny oyster, Australian fire opal. Spiny Oyster: 5.61 mm long and 3.59 mm wide at its largest; 2.63 mm long and 2.27 mm wide at its smallest; opaque brick red hue with areas of white mottling. 2.92 mm long and 4.91 mm wide at its largest; 3.28 mm long and 1.74 mm at its smallest. Semi-translucent light blue base with a fire of blues, greens, yellows, oranges, and pinks throughout. 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 inlaid stones. Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, tie pin. Closure Type: Pin stem with locking "c" clasp. 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 1990s by a talented Navajo artisan. 925 sterling silver in the motif of a lizard. Features hand-carved and inlaid sections of black onyx, brick rd spiny oyster, and Australian fire opal stones.
The beautiful fire of the Australian fire opal contrasts beautifully next to the inlaid opaque inky black onyx stones. Completed with a pin stem with a locking "c" clasp, allowing it to be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. 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.
Onyx is a chalcedony quartz gemstone that is found all over the world. It usually has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays colored bands or ribbons against a black or brown background.Red onyx is quite rare and desirable and is also known as sardonyx. Onyx that has a deep green shade is known as Brazilian green onyx and is very rare. It became a popular stone for sculpture and jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s. The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. The word onyx comes from the Greek word. " which can be translated as "nail of a finger or claw. In Greco-Roman myth, the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, lay sleeping when Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx. Spiny Oyster is a beautiful natural stone that has a gorgeous light red to pink hue and is often substituted for natural coral in Native American jewelry. Spiny oysters are not true oysters but are more closely related to scallops.
They are found primarily in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Baja California. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US.
This item can be shipped worldwide.