Country of Origin : United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight : 4.1 grams. Main Stone : Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Width: 4.18 mm and 5 mm. Color: opaque bright blue 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 : Carved and polished cabochon. Earring Backing Style : Shepherd's crook backings. Your jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire. For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Pierced. Handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo silversmith. Each earring features a beautiful, bright blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone from Arizona. The stones rest securely in saw-tooth bezel settings that adorn a fan motif. The fan motif contains hand-hammered stamped designs. The turquoise stones and fan motif dangle from a smaller floral motif at the top of the earrings, providing eye-catching movement when worn. Shepherd's crook backings make these earrings suitable for pierced ears. There is tarnish on the sterling silver in some areas, which gives the earrings a lovely antique quality.
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 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. 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. 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.Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is known throughout the world for its gorgeous solid robins egg blue hue. This Arizona mine is regarded as one the most important turquoise mines in the world, and it has a very rich history; being mined by the Anasazi people over a 1,000 years ago and being traded in ancient times between North, Central, and South American civilizations. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was re-discovered by gold and silver miners in the early 1900s and since then, this beautifully bright blue turquoise has become iconic in the gem industry. The Sleeping Beauty Mine closed in 2012, making this highly desired turquoise hard to find. The item "Antique Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Floral Earrings 4.1g" is in sale since Saturday, August 8, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.This item can be shipped worldwide.