Authentic Hopi Indian Sterling Silver Money Clips

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Steven Sockyma - Hopi Sterling Silver
Hopi Overlay Money Clips
HK Item #MC540

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Paula says - "Hopi artist Steven Sockyma specializes in sterling silver overlay. These heavy money clips made on very thick, domed sterling silver are fine examples of his work."

$198 each plus s/h  (ONLY ONE OF EACH DESIGN AVAILABLE)

Native American Hopi  Indian Jewelry; Hopi Sterling Silver Kokopelli Money Clip

Native American Hopi  Indian Jewelry; Hopi Sterling Silver Kokopelli Money Clip

 

Native American Hopi  Indian Jewelry; Hopi Sterling Silver Kokopelli Money Clip

Size
2" tall x 1" wide
Weight
33 grams
Material
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
STERLING
SS
Artist
Steven Sockyma, Hopi

Of the Corn clan, Hotevilla Village, Steven Sockyma learned silverwork at Hopicrafts and began producing in 1969. He is the brother of Michael and Mitchell Sockyma.

Native American Hopi  Indian Jewelry; Hopi Sterling Silver Kokopelli Money Clip

The overlay designs on these money clips are sterling silver, but for strength, the actual money clips are made of stainless steel.

Zuni Inlay Money Clip as a paper clip

A money clip is not only useful to hold your bills, it can also be used as big paper clip on your daytimer or planner.

See belt buckles by Steve Sockyma

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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.

Kokopelli

The kokopelli, flute player, often associated with the Hopi Flute Clan is the symbol of happiness, joy and fertility.

Usually depicted as a non-gender figure, it was traditionally a male figure, often well endowed until the missionaries discouraged such depiction !

Kokopelli talks to the wind and the sky. His flute can be heard in the spring breeze, bringing warmth after the winter cold. He is the symbolic seed bringer and water sprinkler. His religious or supernatural power for fertility is meant to invoke rain as well as impregnate women both physically and mentally.

The kokopelli image is found from Casa Grande, Mexico to the Hopi and Rio Grande Pueblos and then westward to the Californian deserts in prehistoric rock, effigy figures, pottery, and on kiva walls.

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