The butterfly is stamped sterling and. With Federico's hallmark which are his conjoined initials.
The pendant is in perfect preowned condition and the beads are in excellent vintage condition. The butterfly is very large and measures 3.25 inches in width and is 2.5 inches tall. It weighs 85 grams, which is considered impressive for any pendant.
The necklace is 27 inches in length and weighs 43 grams. The strand is long enough to slip over the head if you wanted to keep it clasped. The beads are entirely hand carved, drilled and polished.They graduate in size with the central bead measuring 8mm across and the smallest approximately 4 to 5mm across. They are expertly strung and finished with long elegant stamped sterling cones and a hand formed sterling wire hook and eye clasp. Jimenez makes his own heishi necklaces but this necklace is from my own collection of Santo Domingo pieces and is much older than the pendant. The stringing is done on it's original fiber cord, strong and with a beautiful drape.
The sterling cones have a dark aged patina. The hand formed wire clasp is from an earlier time frame, at least 1970's in age. And it connects with a traditional hook and eye clasp. The beads are in excellent vintage condition and show expected and desired signs of use, wear and age, but no damage and no missing beads. The color of the Royston turquoise heishi is a dark saturated green with a rusted brown matrix...
A perfect match for the pendant which is hand carved with the same rich green and brown Royston turquoise. Federico was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and as a very young adult developed a passion for antiques and history.
His wife is an anthropologist from Los Angelos and he moved there as a young man, when they married. He then made the extraordinary and rare leap from collector and historian to artist and began designing and making his own line of jewelry, becoming world renown for his beautiful arrangements of American gemstones and sterling.
He was greatly influenced by Native American jewelry and his pieces reflect a strong Navajo and Zuni influence. His butterflies are usually done in multi-stone inlay designs. This is the only one I've seen in one solid stone.... A stunning and remarkable 5 piece design done entirely with green Royston turquoise...
A rich saturated green with gorgeous rusty brown matrix... A perfect match to the vintage heishi beads. The hand carved wings are each over 2 inches in length and 1.25 inches wide. The elongated oval body measures. 5 by 1.5 inches in size.The largest oval eye measures 8 by 7mm in size. The antennae are formed with hand twisted wire.. Kept compact in size and scale, which I like to see in butterfly jewelry. It focuses less on the antennae and more on the amazing wings.
There are 3 tiny hand poured silver drop accents... Keeping the form streamlined and sparse.
The heavy gauged sterling mounting has been beautifully oxidized, adding warmth and the appearance of age. All the stones are mounted in extremely deep smooth bezels that are snug and very strong gauged for a perfect tight fit that securely hugs the turquoise.Federico claims to have the world's largest collection of Mexican jewelry. He and his wife created their own museum in Mexico City that displays their vast collection of contemporary, colonial and pre-columbian artifacts and jewelry. His work is also displayed in the UCLA Museum of Cultural History and the National Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.
The item "Federico Jimenez Butterfly Green Royston Turquoise Heishi Necklace Pendant Pin" is in sale since Sunday, January 31, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Southwestern".
The seller is "100smr" and is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.