Vintage Serpentine Animal Fetish Necklace

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Vintage 2-Strand Serpentine
Bird Fetish Necklace
HK Item #N368

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vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

46 fetishes including many types of birds, turtles, bear, an owl and more..

24 1/2" end to end
serpentine, Read about stones
pre-owned, excellent, no broken or missing pieces

vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

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Vintage 2-Strand Serpentine
Animal Fetish Necklace

#N368 - $1,500 plus s/h

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Paula says - "When I showed this necklace to several experts on Zuni carvings they said it was likely Zuni made and that most of the carvings were by AE Quam and Sam and Lita Delena. But because we have no documentation on it and the original owner purchased it in the 1990s or earlier, we are selling it simply as a beautifully made fetish necklace."

vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

The banded serpentine is called ricolite.

vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

vintage serpentine two strand animal fetish necklace

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Our Rescue Mission
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

What is a Fetish?

Native American Jewelry and Fetish Carving BooksA fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Although carved from many types of rock, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

Many fetishes have a medicine bundle or adornment tied on the back of the horse that often consists of Serpentine seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The style and detail of carving varies among artists but usually includes detail on the face, ears, tail and mane. Often the eyes and other spots of adornment on the horse are inset pieces of contrasting stones such as turquoise, Serpentine and others. Read more about stones.

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.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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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.
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
An item that has been used.

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