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Authentic Native American
Ervin Hoskie, Navajo - Sterling Silver Overlay

Gaspeite Earring
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HK Item #E439

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Authentic Native American sterling silver and Gaspeite wire earrings by Navajo artist Ervin Hoskie

Condition
Size
1 3/4" long including ear wire
Materials
Gaspeite, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
stamped: EH STERLING
Artist
Ervin Hoskie, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver and Gaspeite wire earrings by Navajo artist Ervin Hoskie

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Sterling Silver Overlay
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uthentic Native American sterling silver and Gaspeite wire earrings by Navajo artist Ervin Hoskie

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

If you would like us to polish this item before we ship it then put a note in the note section of the order page.

Read about polishing silver here.

Silver polishing cloths and anti tarnish bags

Questions or more details.

Store Policies

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.


Gaspeite is a relatively new and rare gemstone, having only been discovered in 1977 on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec, Canada, the place after which it is named. Its color ranges from muted green to vivid apple-green and it often has brownish matrix. Darker shades can resemble green turquoise. Most gaspiete today comes from Western Australia.


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.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

 

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