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Sterling Silver
Chip Inlay Storyteller Barrette

HK Item #BAR100

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sterling silver overlay with turquoise and coral chip inlay storyteller barrette

Mesa, loom, hogan, Navajo woman, two mystery objects (kiva?), dog, mesa.

sterling silver overlay with turquoise and coral chip inlay storyteller barrette

size
3" long x 3/4" wide
materials
turquoise, coral, read about stones
sterling silver, read about silver
hallmarks
stamped: Sterling
artist
unknown

sterling silver overlay with turquoise and coral chip inlay storyteller barrette

The French clasp is made of two prongs that latch to the arm, holding your hair between the tension bar and arm. It is opened by squeezing the prongs together to releas the arm.

Sterling Silver
Chip Inlay Storyteller Barrette

BAR100 - $79 plus s/h  


(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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

sterling silver overlay with turquoise and coral chip inlay storyteller barrette

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What is Storyteller Jewelry?

Storyteller jewelry, typically bracelets, pendants and pins, are made using the sterling silver overlay method, sometimes incorporating gold in the overlay. Two layers comprise the jewelry - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid bottom layer. The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is often textured or darkened (oxidized) for contrast. The two layers are then “sweated” together - the silver is heated until the two layers meld. The result is a 3-D picture with great depth and interest. Storyteller jewelry often depicts scenes from life on the reservation, including animals like sheep, dogs and horses, buildings such as hogans and outhouses, mesas, trees, looms, kivas, wagans and even pickup trucks.

What is Chip Inlay?

Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, and epoxy resin. The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. Navajo Tommy Singer is credited for first using chip inlay in Native American jewelry.

What is Overlay?

Native American overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The bottom layer is a solid piece while the top layer has a cutout design. The cutout layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, heated so that they become one solid piece of sterling silver. The bottom layer, or background, that shows through the cut out portion of the top layer is often darkened for contrast.

Hopi silversmiths typically texture the background layer with hash marks while Navajo artists often leave the background smooth. Hopi artists tend to use geometric designs and symbols similar to those used in their pottery and baskets. Navajo silversmiths tend to create scenes depicting everyday life using people, animals, buildings and landscapes to tell a story - this style is called "overlay storyteller jewelry". Read more about overlay here.

About Silver

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.

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