Antique Vintage Sterling Native Navajo Blue Creek Turquoise Cross Pendant 7.9g
We have similar Turquoise and Native American items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Cameron J. Markings : "Sterling" on the back of the pendant, tested, and guaranteed. Main Stone : Blue Creek Turquoise. Color: opaque blue green hue with brown matrix. 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. Bale opening measurements : 5.9 mm across. Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. Features a beautiful turquoise stone in a bezel setting. The pendant is shaped into a cross motif. Completed with a standard bale for wear as a pendant. Tarnish on the sterling silver gives the necklace an antique quality we believe is rather 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 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 concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.
When a loan wasn't 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. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US.
This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation
- Chain Type: Fancy
- Modified Item: No
- Featured Refinements: Navajo Necklace
- Type: Pendant
- Vintage: Yes
- Brand: Unknown
- Era: Vintage Native Navajo C. 1960
- Ethnic & Regional Style: Native American
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Style: Pendant
- Pendant/Locket Type: Drop
- Antique: No
- Metal Purity: .925
- Closure: Standard bale
- Main Stone: Blue Creek Turquoise
- Main Stone Creation: Natural
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Tribal Affiliation: Navajo