K. Whitman, Navajo
Item #HS45 - $295
Paula says - "A sterling silver Navajo wedding vase made in traditional design. Highly decorated top with hand stamping and four coral pieces set in shadowbox style. Perfect as a wedding or anniversary gift or to bless a bedroom."
The dime in above photo shows the scale of this wedding vase.
What is a wedding vase?
Traditionally made of clay pottery, the wedding vase is a Navajo tradition.
A week or two before a wedding, the future husband's parents make a wedding vase and the future husband and his parents (and all of his relatives) go to the house of the bride. Blessed water is poured into the wedding vase. The bride drinks from one opening of the vase, turns it around clockwise , and gives it to the groom who then drinks from the opposite side of the vase. They wash each others hands with the remaining water. This ceremony unites them in eternal love and a happy, successful, stable marriage.
The wedding vase is to be treasured throughout married life, carefully protected.
100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.