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Robert Gene, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Overlay Horse Earrings
HK Item #NE591

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Authentic Native American sterling silver overlay horse earrins wire-style by Navajo Robert Gene

Size
1 1/2" including earwires
Materials
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
Sterling
stamp that looks like a dragonfly or a sunburst
Artist
Robert Gene, Navajo

Robert Gene, Navajo
Sterling Silver Wire-Style
Overlay Horse Earrings

NE591 - $29 SOLD

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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.


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