Authentic Native American Indian Sterling Silver Eternal Life Overlay Earrings

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Donovan Skeets - Navajo Sterling Silver
Eternal Life Overlay Hoop Earrings
HK Item #NE419

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Native American Navajo sterling silver earrings

Size
1/2" diameter
1/4" wide
Materials
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
D. SKEETS   STERLING
Artist
Donovan Skeets, Navajo

Donovan Skeets, Navajo
Sterling Silver Post-Style
Eternal Life Overlay Earrings

NE419 - $35 SOLD

 

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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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