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NA198

RAY TRACEY EAGLE FEATHERS ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Clip Earrings ): Through time, one of the most frequent forms of personal adornment has been hung from the ears. Earrings complete our ensembles and attract attention to our best features while expressing our moods and personality. These curled Sterling Silver Eagle Feathers with coral beads at the top, made by award winning Navajo jeweler, Ray Tracey, hang from domed silver discs decorated with stampwork and matching coral beads and express lighthearted sophistication. They are clip earring and I have placed new pads on the clips for comfort's sake. You can see Tracey's name and feather logo on the back of the feather and “925”, meaning Sterling Silver, on the back of the disc.

I must tell you the story behind these Ray Tracey earrings. I took my mother with me to the Santa Fe Indian Market back in the 1980's. Mother, a child of the depression, almost never made a purchase for herself. She just plain fell in love with a large feather inlay pendant made by Tracey. With my encouragement she purchased it but could not afford the matching earrings and wouldn't let me buy them for her. Tracey, who is the most handsome Indian you will ever see, noticed that she came back several times to look at the earrings. At the end of the day he pulled her aside, gave her the earrings for free along with a kiss. She was the envy of every woman in sight! She was in tears, as am I when I tell this story. I inherited them from her but they now belong on a younger woman – someone who will love them as much as I have.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length 2 3/4”. Feather 1 1/4”. Domed disc 1” in diameter, 3/8” deep.

SALE!

$100.00

$50.00

NA233

ROSIE RING ( Navajo Jewelry Spiny Oyster Ring ): The shell of the Spiny Oyster comes in many colors – red, pink, brown, yellow, orange, purple and white. All of these colors – along with the interesting patterns of the striations – make Spiny Oyster Shells especially treasured by Native American jewelry artists. The Navajo artist, LaRose Ganadonegro, favors this floral design with the large central tear drop shaped shell surrounded by a ring of small shell petals. It is set in Sterling Silver with a silver band. On the back you can see the artist's hallmark, “L Ganado”, and “STERLING”. Notice how she has used the striations to add interest and beauty to the central shell. And this glorious ring will add interest and beauty to your hand as well.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Face 2” high, 1 1/4” wide, 1/4” deep. Band tapers from 1/2” wide to 1/4” in the back. Ring size 8.

SALE!
$200.00

SOLD!

NA230

FOSSILIZED BONE SCULPTURE ( Vintage Yakama Jewelry Bone Pendant ): Though we don't go to the Northwest on shopping trips I have come to admire the NW Native American Jewelry – particularly that made from fossilized ivory and bone. I actually purchased this pendant, with its sculpted Native American Woman's Face, from a gallery in Santa Fe. It was created by Jim Tomeo who is a direct descendant of the first head chief of the Yakama Nation in what is now the state of Washington. Most of the face is carved from the hard outer bone and the surrounding hair from the inner spongy bone. I love the honeycombed appearance of the spongy bone and we have tried to show it more clearly in the two darker photos. The dark line down the center surrounding a fine crack is obviously original and used on purpose to decorate or accentuate the face. The carving is masterful. The face is set in Sterling Silver with a bone frame and a decorated bale. The hallmark “J Tomeo” is engraved on the back. I preferred to wear it on a neck wire but it also looks great on a chain.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pendant 2 3/4” high not including the bale (3 3/4” with the bale), 2” wide, 1” deep.

SALE!

$400.00

SOLD!

NA225

NATIVE EARTH BOLO ( Navajo Jewelry Mosaic Inlay Bolo Tie ): This gorgeous Bolo Tie, called the Native Earth Shield, was designed by David Rosales, the Navajo founder, co-owner and designer of the Gallup, NM, company SuperSmith. This set was worn by my husband for many years. The beautiful Navajo Mosaic Inlay Bolo is made from Tiger's Eye, Black Jade and Picture Jasper and set in Sterling Silver. The Tiger's Eye gold to brown looking stones actually gleam in the light and the bands of colors change from different angles. Very striking! The silver tips, or aglets, end in dangling small versions of the shield. The leather tie is black and is flat around the back of the neck so it will fit comfortably under a collar. The Sterling Silver settings are marked “Barney” on the back of the bolo and “HS” on the tips. I imagine these artists work for SuperSmith. This is part of a set with matching Belt Buckle (NA226) and Ring (NA227). They may be purchased separately or as a set.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Shield 2 3/8” high, 1 5/8” wide. Shields at tips 1” high, 7/8” wide. Tie from tip to tip is 44” long. The tips hang down 16” from my neck.

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SOLD!

NA226

NATIVE EARTH BELT BUCKLE ( Navajo Jewelry Mosaic Inlay Belt Buckle ): This gorgeous Belt Buckle, called the Native Earth Ranger Buckle, was designed by David Rosales, the Navajo founder, co-owner and designer of the Gallup, NM, company SuperSmith. This set was worn by my husband for many years. The beautiful Navajo Mosaic Inlay of the buckle is made from Tiger's Eye, Black Jade and Picture Jasper and set in Sterling Silver. The Tiger's Eye gold to brown looking stones actually gleam in the light and the bands of colors change from different angles. Very striking! The back of the buckle bears the shield shaped SuperSmith hallmark with Super down one side and Smith down the other – also marked “STERLING”. This is part of a set with matching Bolo Tie (NA225) and Ring (NA227). They may be purchased separately or as a set.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Width 3 3/8”, height 2 1/2”, depth 1/8”. It is slightly bowed to fit the body. It will take a belt up to 1 1/4” wide.

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SOLD!

NA228

GORGEOUS GREEN TURQUOISE ( Vintage Navajo Jewelry Turquoise and Sterling Silver Cuff ): There was a time when all turquoise was blue to blue-green. Now it can be any color from black to white. This Sterling Silver Cuff, created by Navajo artist Aaron Toadlena, contains five sizable gorgeous green Royston Turquoise stones with a beautiful gold and brown matrix. The Royston Turquoise mines are in Nevada and the turquoise is colored by the deposits of iron in the area. The silver portion of the cuff is decorated by Navajo Stampwork along the edges and silver orbs around the stones. The artist's name “Aaron Toadlena” and “.925” (Sterling Silver) are impressed inside the cuff. I know you will appreciate and enjoy “nature's work of art”.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Height 1 1/2”, depth 1/4”. Stones vary from 7/8” high to 1/2” high. Inner circumference 6 3/4”, gap 1 1/4”. Medium wrist size.

SALE!

$300.00

SOLD!

NA213

BEAR SPIRITUAL GUIDE ( Native American Navajo Indian Sterling Bear Pendant ): Bears, the symbol of supreme power, have always been a popular subject with Southwest jewelers. In the Navajo creation story the bear is a guardian of the Sun and a symbol of power, strength and protection by almost all native tribes. This sleek, shiny Sterling Silver Navajo Bear Pendant (c. 1999) is the result of the overlay technique decorated with a heartline that ends in a lightning bolt. A crescent shaped inlay mirrors his legs decorated with delicate stampwork motifs. There is a very nice sized bale marked on the back “Sterling” and a lizard hallmark. I do not know who the artist is. A sizable piece that could be worn on a chain or neckwire. You can be sure that all eyes will be on you when wearing this dynamic and powerful Bear Pendant!

Condition: Excellent. (The chain is not included.)
Size: Bear hangs 2 5/8” from the top of the bale. The bear itself is 1 5/8” high, 2 1/2” wide, 1/4” deep – a lot of silver!

SALE!

$75.00

SOLD!

NA203

CORAL A BLOOM ( Native American Navajo Indian Clip Earrings ): These Navajo clip earrings (c. 1990) remind me of a flower blossom with a bezel set oval of scarce red coral at the center. Most coral used in the Southwest comes from the Mediterranean Sea, the red coral being the favorite among Native American artists. (The harvesting of red coral has been banned so there will be no more available.) Appealing to the eye, the Sterling Silver blossom “petals” provide a slightly curved base with scalloped edges all around. The clips are also Sterling and the backs are hallmarked “M. Jackson” Striking eye dazzlers that you will find yourself reaching for often. A price guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 3/8” high, 1” wide, coral is 5/8” high, 1/2” wide, 1/4” deep.

SALE!

SOLD!

NA202

RING ON YOUR FINGER ( Vintage Native American Navajo Style Indian Ring ): Rings have been symbols of power and majesty, of eternal devotion and friendship. “Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes” - since the dawn of time we've enjoyed adorning our fingers. They add drama to gestures, ensuring that others will take notice as well. Wearing this large, lovely turquoise ring (c. 1998) will make you feel right at home in Santa Fe's finest restaurants. The large, bezel set stone of turquoise has fine veins and golden areas scattered across its surface. It is set in a fancy decorated Sterling Silver mount featuring wire twists and a rim of silver with five silver orbs along one side. The adjustable ring band is decorated with stampwork designs. On the back the ring is marked “Sterling” with the artist's hallmark “DV” - Apache artist Darrell Victor. Decorate your hand with this beauty!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Ring face is 1 3/4” high, 1 5/8” wide, 1/4” deep. Ring band tapers from 1/2” to 1/4” and is adjustable.

SALE!

SOLD!

NA217

BEAUTIFUL BEADS ( Vintage Native American Santa Domingo Indian Jewelry Bead Necklace ): The Santa Domingo Tribe is well known for its beautiful hand made beads. Labor intensive, their beads are cut, rounded, sanded, drilled and polished – all by hand. This sleek necklace is made of serpentine and turquoise beads. The center front is strung so that the serpentine beads alternate with tiny olive shell heishi beads that guarantee that they gracefully curve in an attractive manner. The polished beads are graduated in size, becoming narrower at the back so that your neck is always comfortable. Sterling Silver beads end with a hook and eye closure. You cannot go wrong with this look of bead-work that would be at home anywhere in the world.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 25 1/2” long. Largest beads 3/8” in diameter.

SALE!

$50.00

$25.00

NA204

HOPI SUNFACE ( Vintage Native American Hopi Indian Clip Earrings ): Sleek and sophisticated, these Vintage Hopi Sunface Clip Earrings are a fine example of the overlay technique developed by the Hopi in the early 1940's. (c. 1960-70) The bottom layer of Sterling Silver that shows through the top cut-out is oxidized, turning it black, to make the surface design more prominent. Look for the tiny hand made textured marks in the dark areas showing through the satin finished overlay design. This is the way you tell true Hopi Jewelry from inexpensive machine made copies. Superbly crafted and hallmarked by the unknown artist, these earrings are also marked very lightly by the trademark Hopi face (seen just to the right of the hallmark) denoting the Hopi Silvercraft Guild. Regal and elegant, black and silver are always in the best of taste.

Condition: Excellent. Clips are firm.
Size: 1” in diameter.

SALE!

$50.00

$25.00

NA152

PURPLE & SILVER “SHOULDER DUSTER” EARRINGS: ( Native American Santo Domingo Indian Jewelry Beaded Earrings ): These dazzling pierced earrings are plucked from my personal collection of beaded beauties. Call them “shoulder dusters” or long and grand, the iridescent purple, green, white and pearl seed beads shimmer and glitter with life. The unusual shape of the “closed horseshoe” (or tear drop) top portion is an inspired and fresh take on beaded earrings – while below long tubular beads of silver glass, ending with oval silver beads, whisper as they brush your shoulders. Topped by silver pierced ear wires, these eye dazzlers light up the room and make you the center of attention. For the bold, confident woman who likes all eyes on her!

Condition: Excellent. Much prettier than photos. The iridescence is difficult to capture.
Size: Total from center of ear wire – 5” long, 1 1/4" at widest point.
SALE!

$65.00

$25.00

NA212

HOPI STAFF OF LIFE ( Vintage Native American Hopi Indian Corn Pendant / Pin ): My personal favorite Indian jewelry is made by the Hopi. This truly spectacular Hopi pendant/pin is crafted by Ramon Dalangyawma, who has achieved greatness as a master Hopi jewelry artist. Born in the Grand Canyon, he is noted for his incredible talent for fine detail in the silver overlay style. His designs are animated with life. Working in his grandfather's fields led him to frequently use the corn motif in his designs. Maze is vital to Hopi substance and religion. “For traditional Hopi corn is the central bond. Its essence, physically, spiritually and symbolically, pervades their existence.” Corn is the staff of life; enough to eat results in good health and well-being. This shiny oval pendant features a cornstalk floating in a shadow box setting. (c. 1990) It is surrounded with symbols of the elements – water being essential to the growth of corn. The lower right side has been executed in a scalloped design. The back has both a pendant hook and a Sterling pin back with a safety closure. It is hallmarked “DALANGYAMWMA” and stamped “Sterling”. Hopi work is fast disappearing due to Japanese collectors snapping it up at any price. This complex and meaningful piece of first class Hopi overlay is flawlessly worked by this acknowledged master silversmith – and at an approachable price.

Condition: Excellent. (The chain is not included.)
Size: 2” long, 1 5/8” wide, 3/8” deep.

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NA200

ESTATE STONE OVERLAY ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Bracelet ): This striking Navajo bracelet is a fine example of an Estate find. (c. 1985-90) Hand made Sterling Silver wire twists and two stylized flower designs are accentuated by carved and polished rectangles of stones to create a polished and colorful overlay design. The stone overlay consists of eight pieces of mother-of-pearl, two red coral stripes and at the center two pieces of blue turquoise with a black and silver matrix. The design is bold and colorful. The inside of this bracelet is smooth and polished, artist unknown. Will fit a medium wrist. An outstanding and beautiful expression of the artist's masterful handling of both the silver-work and stone design. Wear it everywhere and let other family members admire it in the future. A knock-'em-dead Navajo bracelet – wear it proudly and often.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Inner circumference 6 3/8” with 1 3/8” opening, 1/8” thick. Good solid feel. Will fit a medium wrist.

SOLD!

NA205

THE YEI'S HAVE IT ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Squash Blossom Style Necklace ): Historic photos of Native Americans often show them all dressed up and almost always feature a large, impressive squash blossom necklace. Jewelers are creating more modern versions like this necklace of Sterling Silver sandcast Yei figures by award winning Navajo artist, Francis Jones. Sandcasting is, perhaps, one of the most difficult silversmithing techniques to master and is labor intensive. Sandstone is carved with the design about to be cast. Another stone is places against the carved piece and the two are fastened together with a hole carved at one end. Molten silver is then poured into the hole and once the piece has cooled it is hand finished and lightly oxidized. It has an antique Old World look with a slightly sandy texture on the underside of the piece. This necklace has belonged to me since 1987 and it is a “book piece” featured in the book “Evolving Designs” Nancy Shiffer, 1990, Page 151. It has a double strand of silver beads supporting twelve sandcast silver rainbow god figures and a larger naja at the center. The closure is a hook and eye and has the hallmark “FJ”. Francis Jones has created a necklace that is wonderfully graphic and bold in size. The design is dramatic yet tailored. Gleaming Sterling Silver is fashioned into a striking, sophisticated necklace that will definitely add a jolt of chic to almost any wardrobe. It will look fabulous for generations to come.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Extends approximately 14 1/2” down when held at closure and it is 26” long. The bottom of the Yei naja hangs 8” below my neck when worn. Central Yei is 2 1/4” long, 2 1/2” wide. Smaller yeis taper from 1 1/8” wide to 3/4” wide.

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NA196

FLAMES ABLAZE ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Cuff Watch Bracelet ): This Navajo Cuff Watch Bracelet is a piece that I have worn since the 1980's. A tour de force of superlative silversmithing that resulted in a stunning visual effect. Purchased in Santa Fe, the artist has cut the Sterling Silver “flames” layer and then overlaid them on the oxidized textured under-layer. The cutout flames reach downward to the ends of the cuff and sideways to the edges. There is currently the original oval Quartz Timex watch in place at the center. (You can have a jeweler replace it with a newer watch, though this one still works. The tabs that hold the watch can be opened to replace the watch or battery.) The artist's mark reads “LT” (full name unknown) and is marked “Sterling” & “USA”. I would still be wearing this signature watch if my eyesight was not what it used to be. Wear it proudly and often, heads will turn!

Condition: Cuff is excellent. Watch face has some dings.
Size: Cuff is 1 1/2” wide with a 6 3/4” inner opening with a 1 3/8” gap. Fit's small/medium wrist. Oval watch is 3/4” high, 1/2” wide.

SOLD!

NA192

SPLENDID SILVER LEAVES ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Necklace ): This most unusual Sterling Silver and Coral Necklace is a fine example of estate jewelry. The edges of the teardrop shaped pendant are enlivened with inset Mediterranean coral heishi beads. Two gracefully curved leaves accent the hanging drop of three bezel set orange coral rounds, each enhanced by a pair of “silver veined” leaves. The graceful form and effective design of the pendant will light up your eyes. The necklace itself is made up of silver cones and rounds. The clasp is a nice hook and eye. This necklace is signed with the initials “LB” and what appears to be a three leafed clover at the center. Also stamped “Sterling”. With lavish silver-work and precious coral, this necklace is elegant enough for dress-up or casual occasions. Wear it everyday and revel in the attention!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: The beaded necklace portion is almost 17” long. It will hang just below your neck. The pendant is 2 1/2” long and 1 1/2” wide with the dangle of corals 1 1/2” long and 3/4” wide.

SOLD!

NA188

MAJESTIC TURQUOISE EAGLE PENDANT ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Eagle Pendant ): I find it very hard to part with this large and lovely Turquoise Eagle Pendant – always one of my favorites. His wings are made from two large turquoise stones naturally decorated with black veins and carved by the artist with multiple grooves delineating the wing feathers. The body is carved from the same vein of turquoise with golden shell feet and beak. He clutches a mother-of-pearl fish in his claws. His eyes are also mother-of-pearl with black pupils. He is backed in silver with hinged wings so they can open and close in a very realistic manner. There are large hooks on the back of each wing where the silver link chain is attached. Each link is decorated with stampwork. There is a double hook closure at the back of the chain. The closure is very hard to work by yourself. I found it much easier to slightly loosen one of the hooks on a wing and slide the chain on and off there. It is signed “Larry Livingstone”, a member of a prominent Navajo family of artists. You are unlikely to see its equal – even in Santa Fe. Take flight with this Majestic Eagle!

Condition: Excellent. (The original piece was copied in a much smaller size, losing all of its high impact.)
Size: Wingspan 6 1/4”, 3” high. Body 1 5/8” high, 5/8” wide, 1” deep. Fish 7/8” long. Chain 21” long.

SOLD!
 

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