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Calvin Begay, Navajo  -  Sterling Silver
NOS Inlay Necklace
Orange Spiny Oyster and Gaspeite
HK Item #N574

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Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

size
adjustable up to 18" end to end;
3 1/2" wide from arrow tip to tip;
center pendant is 3/4" wide x 7/8" tall
weight
46 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
orange spiny oyster, gaspeite, Read about stones
condition
NOS, excellent, new old stock; even bright patina; stone inlay firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces
hallmarks
stamped: Calvin Begay Sterling
artist
Calvin Begay, Navajo

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Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

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Paula says - "This piece is NOS (new old stock) that was made more than a decade ago but never sold - it is brand new vintage!"

Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

Center pendant is 3/4" wide x 7/8" tall.

Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver, gaspeite and orange spiny oyster necklace adjustable to 18 inches by Navajo artist Calvin Begay

Lobster claw clasp hooks anywhere on chain to adjust length from very short up to 18".

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What is Spiny Oyster?

Spiny oyster, not surprisingly, is an oyster that is covered with spines. Like coral or mother-of-pearl, the shell of spiny oyster is considered an organic gemstone. The portion of the shell used to make jewelry is aragonite, which consists of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Aragonite has the same chemical formula as calcite. Spiny oysters are found along the Atlantic coast of Baja California and Baja Mexico. Common colors vary from orange, found in shallow waters, to red and purple from deeper waters. The shell is also found in white, yellow, pink and brown. Polished shell has definite striations and color variation. Red spiny oyster has been used as a subsititute for coral.

What is Gaspeite?

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 New Mexico and from Western Australia. Gaspeite is thought to be a strong healing stone and one that can benefit those wishing to lose weight. It is also said to have spiritual powers that can enhance communication with other worlds.

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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