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Gary Custer - Navajo
Tufa Cast Dragonfly Earrings

HK Item #NE657

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Authentic Native American Navajo tufa cast sterling silver and turquoise dragonfly earrings by Navajo silversmith Gary Custer - front view

Authentic Native American Navajo tufa cast sterling silver dragonfly earrings by Navajo silversmith Gary Custer - front view

Size
dragonfly is 1 3/4" x 1 1/4"
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
Pilot Mtn. turquoise, Read about stones
Hallmarks
inscribed: G.S.C. Sterling
Artist
Gary Custer, Navajo

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Gary Custer - Navajo
Tufa Cast Dragonfly Earrings

NE657

A - wire style, 2 1/4" total length
$135
plus s/h          
(ONLY ONE PAIR AVAILABLE) 
B - post style, 2 3/8" total length
with Pilot Mtn. turquoise
$175
plus s/h           
(ONLY ONE PAIR AVAILABLE) 

Paula says - "These tufa cast earrings by Navajo silversmith Gary Custer are hand made and one of a kind.

Authentic Native American Navajo tufa cast sterling silver dragonfly earrings by Navajo silversmith Gary Custer - back view

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Authentic Native American Navajo tufa cast sterling silver and turquoise dragonfly earrings by Navajo silversmith Gary Custer - back view

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What does Tufa Cast mean?

Tufa cast, or 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. Read more . . .

ABOUT DRAGONFLY SYMBOLISM

Dragondly symbolizes change. Spiritually embodies the stripping away all negativity that holds us back, helping us to achieve our dreams and goals. Dragonfly is the keeper of dreams, the energy within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonfly inspires spiritually and creatively and helps us on the path of discovery and enlightenment. Dragonfly reminds us that anything is possible.

About Pilot Mountain Turquoise Mine

The Pilot Mountain Turquoise Mine in Esmeralda County, Nevada, produces deep blue and green stones with dark brown, reddish or black matrices. One stone can show color graduations from light blue to dark green, which makes this turquoise very collectible. Pilot Mountain turquoise is very hard and takes a high polish.


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