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Hyson Craig, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Vintage Chip Inlay Peyote Waterbird
Squash Blossom-style Necklace
HK Item #N482

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Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

Size
30" end to end;
2 3/8" x 2 3/4" center bird;
10 side birds 2" x 1 1/2"
3 3/4" diameter medallion;
10 mm bench beads
Weight
226 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent, like new; bright patina; no dented beads; stone inlay firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces
Hallmarks
stamped: HC  
Artist
Hyson Craig, Navajo

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

10 side birds 2" x 1 1/2".

 

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Hyson Craig, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Vintage Chip Inlay Peyote Waterbird
Squash Blossom-style Necklace

N482 - $1,450 plus s/h
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Paula says - "This is simply one of the most beautiful and well crafted chip inlay peyote/waterbird necklaces that I have seen. It just lifts my spirit to look at it - it is bright and striking.

"We call a necklace like this "squash blossom-style" because it is constructed like a squash blossom necklace as far as the silver beads and length but is made without squash blossoms."

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

2 3/8" x 2 3/4" center bird.

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

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30 inches end to end. 10 mm bench beads strung on chain.

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig

Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?

Water Bird / Peyote Bird

A symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.

Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition, but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning, thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas, those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the "sacred clown".

Thunderbird

A cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest tribes as well as in the non-Native world. Much is written about the origin of the symbol and its significance. It has been suggested by some that the symbol was borrowed by Native American artisans from medal dies from the white man. Others claim the Thunderbird has always lived in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There, carved totem poles are often topped with a Thunderbird with outstretched wings. Looking at a Thunderbird, it is easy to see why it symbolizes power, strength and nobility.

What is Chip Inlay?

Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, and epoxy resin. The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. Navajo Tommy Singer is credited for first using chip inlay in Native American jewelry.

What are Bench Beads?

Bench beads are partially manufactured and partially hand made. Usually the halves are machine cut and the silversmith solders the two halves together. Sometimes bench beads are left with a protruding seam but in other cases the seam is sanded down and polished smooth. Then the beads are strung by hand.

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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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.

Our Rescue Mission
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Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe 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.

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