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Cryer Creek CollectionVintage Turquoise Nugget Necklace
and Inlaid Shell Pendant
HK Item #N304

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Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

Size
necklace is 24" end to end;
shell pendant is is 5 1/2” wide x 5” tall
Weight
252 grams
Materials
shell, turquoise, pipestone, Acoma jet mother of pearl, black material (possibly old phonograph records) Read about stones;
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown
Condition

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

The shell is relatively flat.

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

The reddish brown pipestone is a material that was noted to be used in the Santo Domingo Pueblo (Baxter Encyclopedia page 156).

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

Sterling silver cone ends with hook and loop fastener.

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

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Paula says: "The necklace is made of very nice turquoise nuggets that are strung on a metal wire. I am of the opinion that this is a married piece, that is, the more contemporary necklace was added or substituted later. Perhaps if this shell pendant originally came with a traditional heishi necklace and the pendant was attached to it with fiber or thread (as was often done) the necklace or attachment might have broken and this was what the owner did to make it work.

"Read more about this necklace and other shell necklaces in an extensive article on my blog . . .

"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

The shell pendant is is 5 1/2” wide by 5” tall.

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

Inlay on the shell consists of turquoise, mother of pearl, pipestone and a black material that might be Acoma jet or a substitute material such as old phonograph records or car battery case.

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

The inside of the shell is mostly white with faint hints of peach. It is of the shape and size of a large spiny oyster shell.

The shell pendant is attached to the necklace by sterling silver wire. You can see where there were several attempts to drill a hole on the left to find one where the pendant balanced correctly.

Turquoise Nugget Necklace with Inlaid Shell Pendant

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The jewelry and artifacts in this collection were gathered by a man born in 1933 and who has been collecting for over 60 years. He has a great love of Native American people, their culture and customs and their art. Living and working most of his life in Texas, he has been particularly drawn to Lakota, Comanche, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo and Zuni pieces. We will be listing items from his collection over the next year, so keep an eye on the Newly Listed Items page.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS , New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.

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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even .
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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