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Effie Calavaza - Zuni Sterling Silver
Snake Pendant
HK Item #P322

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Native American sterling silver and turquoise snake pendant by Zuni Effie Calavaza

Condition
Pre-owned, excellent; stones intact with no cracks or chips, see photos for wear
Materials
Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Length
1 3/4" including bail
Width
3/4" at widest point
Chain
18" Sterling Silver Chain.
Hallmarks
EFFIE C Zuni
Artist
Effie Calavaza, Zuni

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Native American sterling silver and turquoise snake pendant by Zuni Effie Calavaza

Native American sterling silver and turquoise snake pendant by Zuni Effie Calavaza

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Effie Calavaza

Zuni artist,Effie Calavaza is from Zuni, New Mexico. She is famous for her snake designs. She learned silversmithing from her husband Juan Calavaza and has been making her own designs since 1956. Her pieces are collected throughout the world.

About the Symbol of the Snake

You'll probably never see snakes used in Navajo jewelry but they are often seen in Zuni jewelry.

The snake in some Native American tribes is considered to represent the same properties as lightning or the lightning arrow. They often have a similar visual form. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Rather, the snake represents abundant rainfall and fertility. Other tribes use the snake as a healing image or for swiftness in battle.

We here in Colorado live with snakes - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.

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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.
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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