Authentic Native American Hopi Sterling Silver Barrette

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Loren Qumawunu- Hopi Sterling Silver Overlay
Kivas Barrette
HK Item #BAR799

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Hopi Sterling Silver overlay Kivas  barrette

Material
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
3 1/4" long x 1/2" wide
Artist
Loren Qumawunu, Hopi

Hopi Sterling Silver overlay Kivas  barrette

Loren Qumawunu - Hopi
Sterling Silver Kivas Barrette

BAR799 (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)
$155 SOLD

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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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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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