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OF THE BEAR & PARROT CLANS ( Vintage Native American Hopi Indian Jewelry
Chalmers Day Pin / Pendant ): I admit that I am an addicted to the
work of multi-award winning Hopi artist Chalmers Day. This exquisite
Sterling Silver pin/pendant is the first piece of his work that I ever
purchased. (c. 1986) Chalmers Day jewelry takes one on a journey into
the spiritual world of the Hopi. He is recognized as one of the greatest
overlay jewelers in history. (See “American Indian Jewelry I – 1200
Artist Biographies”, page 133.) I was so taken by the unusual shape of
this large pin/pendant and the way you can see all of the tiny darkened
texture marks in the underlay. In this remarkable piece he named “Merger
of the Bear & Parrot Clans”, you can see the giant bear claw at the top
reaching down toward the parrot claw curled at the bottom. Projected to
the right the little bear straddles two worlds. Earth and sky symbols
are interwoven at the center. (Chalmers is a member of the parrot clan.)
The silver is done in a matte finish. There is a safety clasp pin back
and a good sized hook to use as a pendant. The back is hallmarked with
his cloud symbol and the word “Sterling”. I used to stand in line at
6:00 AM at the Santa Fe Indian Market to be able to purchase one of the
seven or eight pieces he had made. In a few hours he was done selling,
gathered up his award ribbons and was gone.
Condition: Excellent. From my personal collection the back retains all of the original information. Chain is not included.
Size: Large. 3 1/2" high, 1 3/4" wide, just over 1/4" deep.
|SILVER STALLION BOLO ( Vintage Stan Bentall Sterling Silver Bolo Tie ): For many years Stan Bentall's Passionate Eye Gallery was a must visit on our trips to Santa Fe. Filled with sculptures of western wild life by Stan and other sculptors, it was like a small museum. I would often see my husband, John, gazing over a small jewelry section where Stan had turned his sculpting talents into a few silver bolo and belt buckle sets featuring such animals as bears, deer, long horns, eagles – and his favorite – wild mustangs. They were all stunningly beautiful little 3-dimensional sculptures. John had thrown away his ties in favor of bolos when we first became Texans. This set became his favorite for many years. Since his passion has now turned to ironwood sets he has grudgingly donated this gorgeous Sterling Silver Wild Mustang Bolo Tie to the cause. Please also notice the detail and beauty of the silver feather fixings. This could be worn by man or woman but it is an almost solid chunk of silver! There is a flat strip of leather across the back of the neck piece for added comfort. The back is marked “© 1987, BENTALL, SS”. Layaway available.||
|STRIKING GEOMETRIC EARRINGS ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Pierced Earrings ): A combination of modern and vintage, I found these comfortable earrings went with many of my outfits. Made of insets of turquoise, purple dyed onyx, jet and white shell forming triangles and quadrangle separated by silver lines – the shapes are modern, the materials and technique are vintage. The earrings are backed by a tan resin and have posts and plastic cushioned clips for pierced ears. They are gently curved and the straight inner edge rides comfortably down the back of your cheek. Don't miss these bargain beauties – you won't see them again!
|MYSTICAL MOSAIC ( Native American Indian Jewelry Zuni Bear Pendant ): Highly detailed, filled with symbolism and rich with colored stone
inlay, this Zuni Bear Pendant is a feast for your eyes. I purchased this
sumptuous piece when I was in Sedona, knowing that I have a lot of
buyers who love bears. Set in Sterling Silver, this lovely
example of mosaic inlay combines turquoise, orange spiny oyster shell,
lapis and two colors of mother-of-pearl (both white and yellow) – all
set into a jet bear. The work is fine and precise, accented with silver
dots and a silver ring for the bear’s eye. The back of this piece is
hallmarked “MY” and “Sterling”. The mosaic design is of Yei figures.
Please notice the large vibrant colored bail – a work of art it its own
right. This bail can be used with a thick chain, a wide silver neck
collar or you can slide it onto black or silver beads. The Sterling
Silver chain that the bear is photographed on (marked “925”) is
available for an additional price. This eye-dazzling bear pendant,
encrusted with silver and stone inlay, will quickly become one of your
favorite pendants. Just think of what a great gift this would make –
then keep it for yourself! It’s simply too exciting to share.
Size: With bale 2 1/4" high, 2 1/4" wide, 1/8” deep. Bale has 3/8” opening. Sterling chain is 22” long with a lobster claw closure.
|SILVER STALLION BELT BUCKLE ( Vintage Stan Bentall Sterling Silver Belt Buckle ): For many years Stan Bentall's Passionate Eye Gallery was a must visit on our trips to Santa Fe. Filled with sculptures of western wild life by Stan and other sculptors, it was like a small museum. I would often see my husband, John, gazing over a small jewelry section where Stan had turned his sculpting talents into a few silver bolo and belt buckle sets featuring such animals as bears, deer, long horns, eagles – and his favorite – wild mustangs. They were all stunningly beautiful little 3-dimensional sculptures. John had thrown away his ties in favor of bolos when we first became Texans. This set became his favorite for many years bringing him many compliments. Since his passion has now turned to ironwood sets he has grudgingly donated this gorgeous Sterling Silver Wild Mustang Belt Buckle to the cause. This could be worn by man or woman but it is an almost solid chunk of silver! The back is marked “© 1987, BENTALL, SS”. I'm selling them separately, but – of course – this is a perfect match to the Silver Stallion Bolo. Please note: They are $550.00 each, but $1000.00 for the set. Layaway available.
|ESTATE TURQUOISE CUFF ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Silver & Turquoise Cuff ): Part of the beauty of Turquoise is the variety of the blue to green colors and part is the tremendous range and type of veins and inclusions within the turquoise stones. The various turquoise mines became famous based on the both. The stones in this cuff tend toward the light blue side of turquoise and the veins form brown-gold webbing – both adding to the beauty of this Silver Navajo Cuff. There are nine stones – tapering to smaller ones on the sides – set on a triple bar silver cuff decorated with stampwork on both ends and a pair of silver orbs between each bezel set stone. A lovely decoration for your wrist and an estate piece to pass on through your family.
Condition: Excellent. Mild oxidation of silver.
LEE STORYTELLER BRACELET (Native American Navajo Indian Cuff Bracelet): If you know much about Navajo jewelry, you will recognize this
Storyteller Bracelet as the work of esteemed Navajo silversmith,
Clarence Lee. I purchased this bracelet from him at the Heard Museum
Guild Indian Fair & Market in Phoenix. (c. 1997) Lee is an artist who
carefully records scenes from Navajo life – both past and present. The
copper work at the top of the bracelet depicts the spectacular Monument
Valley landscape. Floating in the cloud filled sky is a 14KT moon and a
turquoise, coral, jet and mother-of-pearl sunface (Tewa) also set in
14KT gold. With precise attention to detail he celebrates the nostalgic
and bucolic life of the Navajo. His trademark pickup truck filled with
wood sits behind a man with an axe. A six-sided traditional Hogan has a
copper fireplace and you can see the smoke coming out of the chimney – a
little dog stands outside, next to a drying rack for hides. Inside the
kitchen Lee has pictured his grandmother putting coffee on the stove;
outside stands a water barrel. Another Navajo woman, along with her
saddled horse and dog, holds a stick as she herds sheep and goats. These
enduring aspects of Navajo life are rendered with a touch of whimsy. Lee
is adept at all forms of casting and makes his own dies and stamps. Both
the top and bottom rims of this bracelet are covered with stamp work. He
uses a technique of appliqué, not overlay, in which each piece is cut
out from silver, gold or copper and then soldered individually onto the
base. This method is necessary because each of the metal has a different
melting point. The multidimensional quality of this bracelet is
astonishing! Clarence Lee has won every award around and has a copyright
on these storyteller bracelets and concho belts. This is a thick
bracelet with hallmarks that read “© Clarence Lee”, Sterling & 14K”
along with his stamped rocking “LE”. The best of the best. An
extraordinary work of art!
Size: 1 3/4" high, 1/4" deep with raised figures, 7 1/8” around including 1 1/4" opening at back. Because of its thickness this magnificent bracelet is best for a small wrist.
|NIGHT SKY ( Vintage Native American Zuni Indian Cuff ): Native Americans loved studying the night sky. This Zuni inlay cuff has it all on a field of black jet – a quarter moon of white oyster shell, the earth of turquoise, stars of mother-of-pearl and a sun of Tewa, the Hopi sun god, made of coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and jet lines. There are decorative bands of turquoise and coral on both sides of the sky. It is marked “W S” for the Zuni artist, Willie Shaw, and “STERLING” on the inside. It will fit a small to medium small wrist. It is a lovely match with the Zuni Tewa Bolo (NA178). Don't pass up this stunner!
Condition: Excellent. Light scratches on silver from wear.
|SHELL QUACKERS ( Vintage Native American Zuni Indian Duck Fetish
Necklace ): Now, you don’t see this every day! I am parting with my
Vintage (c. 1976) duck fetish necklace to make room for new pieces in my
jewelry collection. The Zuni people are famous for their animal
carvings, often arranged in what are known as fetish necklaces. At its
most fundamental level, a fetish is “an object natural or man made in
which the spirit is thought to reside and can be used for good or evil”.
The fetish necklaces are designed to display the carver’s work while
providing a vibrant representation of nature. This charming necklace is
comprised of 11 ducks. Their bodies are made of shell, tipped with jet.
Pipestone forms the neck, the duck heads are made of turquoise with
golden mother-of-pearl beaks and tiny jet eyes. There are 5 ducks on
each side with a bottom duck strung head up to form the centerpiece of
the necklace. Tiny olive shell heishi beads are strung between the ducks
with a Sterling Silver cone hook and eye closure. These delightful ducks
are beautifully executed adding a touch of whimsy to any collection.
Condition: Excellent. There is an extra bit of string at the top of each side. This is done so that the necklace retains its flexibility when wearing.
Size: 24” long. Each duck is 1 3/4” long, 3/4” high, 7/8” wide.
GREEN CARICO LAKE ( Native American Indian Jewelry Zuni Ring ): Carico Lake Turquoise from Nevada is in very high demand and its price
has continued to rise over the last 5 years. This wonderful asymmetrical
ring shows the influence of contemporary design. The green stone is
bezel set high above the sleek setting. (The photos can’t capture the
spring green color well. It is green all over.) Each side of the ring
has a different cut away design that shows the work of a skilled and
original silversmith. (c. 1990) One side of the ring band overlaps the
other side under the Carico Lake stone so that you may resize the ring
by gently pushing it closed or pulling it open. The current ring size is
a 6 1/2. (I think that you can size it about 1 size up or down.) The
inside of the ring band is hallmarked by the artist “Lee Nieto”,
“Sterling” and 2 small marks that I believe to be animal hooves.
Outstanding in its entirety, this is a ring that any sophisticated
jewelry buyer will covet. It makes a brilliant design statement that
conveys the essence of chic!
Size: The green turquoise stone is 7/8” at it highest point and 1/2" at its widest point, 1/4" deep. The adjustable ring band is 1” under the flat side of the stone, 3/4" on the other side & 3/8” at the back. Very comfortable. The current ring size is 6 1/2.
|GEOMETRIC INLAY ( Vintage Native American Indian Jewelry Navajo Coral
Ring ): I have had several requests for more coral Native American
pieces. Please understand that Mediterranean red coral is one of the
most expensive stones that Navajo jewelers work with. (The photo with
the white background shows the coral's truest deep red color.) This
striking and multi-tiered ring is an excellent example of one of the
more contemporary designer’s work. (c. 1988) Very labor intensive, the
top coral stone is hand inlayed with a Sterling Silver stripe accented
by lines of jet. It is mounted in a square cut bezel setting. The bottom
tier – around the edges – is hand inlayed with a matching red coral, jet
and opal. The Sterling Silver ring band is wide at the shank and tapers
to a thinner comfortable back. The current ring size is a 7. Because of
the wide shank it will fit a 6 ½ just fine. The shank can be made larger
by a good jeweler. The ring is hallmarked, but the maker is unknown to
me. This ring is a marvel of skill and artistry - the detail is a
pleasure to sturdy. Coral is flattering to all skin tones and the
proportions are elegant. An inspired gift giving idea!
Size: 1 1/8” high, 7/8” wide, tapering to 3/4” wide, 3/8” deep. Ring band is 3/8” at shank tapering to 1/4” at the center back.
CORAL NAVAJO RUG PATTERN ( Native American Navajo Indian Cuff Bracelet
): This Navajo Cuff bracelet is designed by Richard Begay “a master
of mosaic inlay”. I purchased it at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair &
Market in Phoenix. (c. 1995) I was so impressed by the unusual colors
and Navajo Rug Pattern design. The inlay stones are scarce pink
angelskin coral, red Mediterranean coral and vibrant blue lapis lazuli.
The cutout design is laid over a grainy reticulated surface that makes
both the colors and design stand out more prominently. As he perfected
his craft, “Richard explored different techniques for inlaying, always
searching for the best way, the most beautiful setting, the perfect
harmony of material and craft.” The inside of the bracelet is hallmarked
“RB” “Sterling”. (The “RB” hallmark is also shared by his wife, Rita
Begay.) You could search for years to find this extraordinary set of
colors in an inlay bracelet. The beautiful things Richard looks for
exist in his creations.
Size: 1” high, 1/8” deep, 7 3/8” around including 1” opening. My wrist over the bone is 6 1/2". It fits me perfectly. If your wrist is larger, it will not fit properly. Bracelet is a small to small medium.
|CLASSIC CONCHO BELT ( Vintage Sterling Silver & Turquoise Native American Navajo Indian Concho Belt ): What a beauty! For man or woman. This Navajo Sterling Silver Concho Belt comes from my personal collection inherited from my mother who purchased it at the Santa Fe Indian Market in the 1980's. The belt consists of a large Sterling Silver Concho belt buckle with a small central turquoise stone, six slightly smaller conchos similar to the buckle and seven complementary “butterfly” interval conchos – all with central turquoise stones. The belt is black leather, probably cowhide. The word “concho” (sometimes called concha) comes from the Spanish word for shell. The Navajos were the first Native Americans to learn silversmithing from the Spanish and later Mexicans. That was in the 1850's, however silver jewelry did not become popular until the 1870's after the Navajo's release from the Bosque Redondo when they were finally allowed to trade freely. Initially they made silver buttons for shirts, blouses, moccasins and shoulder bags. Soon they added bracelets and concho belts to their repertoire. The first silver conchos were worn on leather strips attached to the back of their hair. The Navajo translated this design into a belt of large silver conchos decorated with Mexican stampwork. Silver jewelry, turquoise and coral became a display of portable wealth used for trade and pawn by the end of the 1980's. The back of this buckle is hallmarked “R Martinez”, “Sterling”, “Navajo”. Wear it with pride!
DAY HOPI MASTERWORK ( Vintage Native American Indian Jewelry Chalmers
Day Hopi Belt Buckle ): I am addicted to the work of multi-award
winning Hopi artist Chalmers Day. It is like pulling teeth to part with
a piece, but here goes! This exquisite Sterling Silver Hopi Belt Buckle
by Chalmers Day is very sophisticated with detailed overlay work. The
quality of his artistry is exceptional, as seen in this buckle which
combines rain, water, planting and pueblo scenes in one piece. (c. 1985)
The most complex Hopi designer, his work is often identified by the tiny
round circles seen at all four corners of this piece. Chalmers Day’s
jewelry takes one on a journey into the spiritual world of the Hopi. He
is recognized as one of the greatest overlay jewelers in history. (See
“American Indian Jewelry I – 1200 Artist Biographies”, page 133.) The
design of this buckle is very unusual, slightly arched on the top and
bottom with “stair step” cut work at each side. There is a belt slide
and hook on the back as well as the Chalmers Day hallmark of a cloud.
This spectacular belt buckle takes the normal 1 1/2" Western leather
belt. I remember standing in line at 7 AM at the Santa Fe Indian Market
to be able to purchase one of the 7 or 8 pieces that Day had made – this
is one of them! I have noticed that his early work is much more complex
than his newer work – if you can find it at all. This is the finest Hopi
work available. It is an outstanding addition to any collection –
appropriate for wear by man or woman. Don’t let it get away!
Condition: Excellent. A few light scratches that can be buffed out by a jeweler if you like.
Size: 3 1/4" wide, 2” high, 1/8” deep. Takes the normal 1 1/2" Western leather belt.
|SILVER DUST ( Native American Indian Navajo Cuff Bracelet ): As Native American artists master new techniques the look of Southwestern jewelry has been expanding in many directions. This Navajo bracelet, signed Nez, is an example of the reticulation technique. Discovered by accident in 1978, in the reticulation process shavings or filings of silver dust are applied to a silver surface which is then heated until the particles adhere to it, providing a grainy texture. At the center of this Sterling Silver bracelet is a bezel set cabochon of deep coral. The granulation provides a surface that greatly enhances the color of the coral. I purchased this piece in Santa Fe approximately 20 years ago, but it is still a cutting edge look for a collector who enjoys an artistic contemporary style. Condition: Excellent. Size: Bracelet is 3/4 wide, 6 1/2 in circumference, including the 1 3/8 opening. Best suited to a smaller wrist.||SOLD!|
|BOLD NAVAJO STATEMENT ( Vintage Native American Navajo Indian Jewelry Men's or Women's Turquoise & Claw Ring ): This striking Navajo Sterling Silver ring features a huge oval of matrix embellished blue Turquoise with a curved black claw at one end. A superior estate find with all the “bells and whistles”. (c. 1950-60) A decorative band of twisted wire work, along with a Sterling Silver leaf and three orbs, finish off this impressive ring. There is a split shank ring band and the current ring size is 8 1/2. (A ring band sizer is in place.) You could have your jeweler make the ring size smaller but not too much as the size of the turquoise stone must be balanced. This is a ring for those of you women – or men – who have been searching for a larger band size. Not for the timid, this bold Vintage Navajo Ring is a superb fashion statement in a killer combination. Designers favor gray at present – picture this as you flaunt your individual style.
Condition: Excellent. Vintage.
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