Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace

Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace
Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace
Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace
Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace
Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace
Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace

Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace

Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 14.9 Grams.

Main Stone Measurements/Color: Various size and shape natural nuggets, Rich Blue with black and golden matrix. Stone Treatment : The stones appear to be untreated, but we are not certified Gemologists and cannot be sure.

Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 15", and the coins measure 0.7" high by 0.6 wide. Notable Features: This beautiful necklace was handmade by a talented Navajo silversmith in the Southwest style. It features Sterling Silver and blue Kingman Turquoise Heishi beads that have been hand-strung on a Sterling Silver wire.

800 Sterling Silver Mercury Dimes that act as pendants for this choker. The years of the domes are 1934, 1942, and 1942. The dimes were hand-hammered to give them a domed shape and accentuate the profile of the face. This stunning Southwestern choker is a gorgeously delicate piece suitable for everyday wear, or dressed up for an evening out. A wearable piece of history!

We do not undervalue packages for international customers as it is illegal. 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.

Southwest Jewelry from the American Southwest is unique to itself and has a look that has become popular worldwide. Southwest Jewelry is made by Navajo and Zuni Native American Indians, Contemporary and Hispanic Artists and companies throughout the Southwest that employ native Americans of all walks of life to work together in producing their own unique Southwest Jewelry styles. Heishi are small disc- or tube-shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones.

They come from the Kewa Pueblo people (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo) of New Mexico, before the use of metals in jewelry by that people. The beads are hand-chipped, with holes drilled through their centers using pointed stones. The oldest specimens of heishi date back to around 6000 BCE. Pre 1950's Navajo silversmith's would make jewelry out of US 90% Silver coins. They would use Half Dollars, Quarters, & Mercury Dimes.

This type of jewelry is very rare as it usually contained a lot of silver and was expensive to make. Whole Coin jewelry was worn around the reservation as a status symbol of wealth. 800 silver, also called Coin Silver, is made out of silver coins used in European countries pre-1940.

During this time period, it was easier for jeweler and silversmiths to use coins that were already guaranteed at a certain purity, than using another form of silver and having to guess at the purity level. Kingman Turquoise is a beautiful type of turquoise that comes out of Kingman, Arizona.

It is highly prized for its rich blue hues mixed with black iron pyrite matrix. The item "Antique Native Navajo Sterling Silver Heishi Turquoise Mercury Dime Necklace" is in sale since Saturday, November 4, 2017. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This item can be shipped worldwide.

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