Authentic Native American Hopi Sterling Silver Barrette

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Loren Qumawunu- Hopi Sterling Silver Overlay
Eternal Life Barrette
HK Item #BAR797

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Hopi Sterling Silver overlay Eternal Life  barrette

Material
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
4" long x 1/2" wide
Artist
Loren Qumawunu, Hopi

Hopi Sterling Silver overlay Eternal Life  barrette

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Loren Qumawunu - Hopi
Sterling Silver Eternal Life Barrette

BAR797 - $175

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Paula says - ""This is a mid-weight barrette - thick enough to be sturdy but not so heavy as to weight your hair down."

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Hopi Sterling Silver overlay Eternal Life  barrette

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Greek Key

The Greek Key, or Eternal Life, design is a border design borrowed by the Hopi from ancient Greek architecture. It is also called a meander pattern which represents the twisting and turning path of a river or labyrinth in general.

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.

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