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Sandcast Sterling Silver
Turquoise Cross
HK Item #NPC732

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Sterling Silver and Turquoise Cross pendant

Turquoise stone will vary from the one shown here.

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Cross pendant

1/8" fixed bail so you can wear the cross with collar, chain or cable.

 

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Cross

NPC732 - $98 plus s/h  

Paula says - "In my opinion, this sandcast sterling silver and turquoise cross shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because there is no hallmark to attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

Material
turquoise, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Size
2" x 1 1/4"
1/8" diameter fixed bail
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown

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Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationTURQUOISE is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.

Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.


What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

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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