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Sterling Silver Overlay
Storyteller Chip Inlay Barrettes

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Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Corral, man leading horse, wagon, mesa.

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Mesa, hogan, tree, forge with silversmith.

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Mesa, hogan, loom, weaver, tree.

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Butte, man herding two sheep, corral.

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Corral, man herding two sheep, butte, mesa.

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Wagon, man leading horse, corral..

Sterling Silver Overlay Storyteller Chip Inlay Barrettes

BAR954 - $79 each
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Size
3 1/2" long
Materials
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
stamped: Sterling, (maker's mark is hidden under the clip)
Artist
unknown Navajo

Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay and chip inlay storyteller barrette

Navajo Sterling Silver Stick Sterling Silver Overlay barrette

Native American Sheep Symbolism

Native Americans were first introduced to Churra sheep brought to North America by colonizing Spaniards in the 1500s. The Navajo proved to be very good herders and weavers and Navajo-Churro sheep became a main source of their negotiable wealth. Sheep images in Native American art represent charity, patience, gentleness and riches."

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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?

With silver overlay, there are two layers of silver - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid silver bottom layer.

The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is traditionally darkened (oxidized) for contrast. Navajo silversmiths typically leave the background smooth while Hopi usually etch the background with hashmarks.

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.

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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