Native American Navajo Indian Sterling Silver Mojave Stone Pendant

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Native American pawn jewelryLorenzo James - Navajo Sterling Silver
Mojave Stone Pendant
HK Item #P150

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Sterling Silver  Navajo Mojave Pendant

2" tall including the bail
1 1/2" wide
5 1/6" bail opening
L. James
Lorenzo James, Navajo

Sterling Silver  Navajo Mojave Pendant

Sterling silver cable shown here is not included.

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Lorenzo James
Navajo Sterling Silver
Mojave Stone Pendant
$150 plus s/h
(Cable shown is not included)

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Paula says -

"This pendant was a gift from someone who didn't know that I wasn't into purple. It is gorgeous but just not me. The work is exquisite and very unique. It has a triangular stone set in a smooth bezel and has a large stamped bail. It was made in 1998 or 1999.

"This stone is called Mojave. It is deep purple with flecks of turquoise in it. I don't know anything about the stone personally and the information on the Mojave mine is limited, but I will post in a box below what I have read. It is possible that this is a composite stone made to look like the original Mojave Stone. I don't know."


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Mojave Stone

From website 1:
"I have several pieces of jewelry that were my mothers from the 70’s. My dad and brothers mined a stone in the Mojave Desert in California, brought it home to Missouri and made cabochons of it. They trademarked it MOJAVE STONE and MOJAVE ROYAL BLUE. It is a natural stone admixture of green and blue colored minerals swirled together in a quartz matrix in varied patterns. Pure copper, silver and gold are scattered through the stone. It has a hardness of 4.5-7. Then dad had local silversmiths make jewelry using the stone."

From website 2:
"Mojave Stone is a blend (similar to Eilat stone) of Azurite, Malachite, Chrysocolla, Copper, Cuprite, Turquoise, and Copper(or any combination of the above). The original mine was "trademarked", hence the name Mojave Stone. Then the mine closed and true Mojave Stone was not available for some time. I seem to recall recently (last 6 months?) reading a blurb in either the LJ or Rock and Gem that said the mine had reopened,but that they weren't allowing/finding any material out thatwould cut bigger than an 18X13 cab."

Paula's Collection

Native American pawn jewelryDuring my early years, I accompanied my parents on trips every year, usually to Florida to escape the harsh midwest winters but also out west on summer road trips. During those trips, I accumulated the type of tourist grade Native American jewelry that a kid would buy and now, years later those items are referred to as being "Fred Harvey" style. Fred Harvey was an entrepreneur who created an avenue for Indians to make and sell jewelry to the tourists. Jewelry of the Fred Harvey era has typical Indian kitsch of arrows, tomahawks, tipis, thunderbirds and so on and was most produced from 1930 throughout the 1950s.

You can read more about Fred Harvey here.

From childhood through college and beyond, I had an eye for that type of jewelry and collected it, yet rarely wore it !! About the only jewelry I wore for years was a Swiss Army watch and my wedding band. My Mother, also a jewelry lover, gave me a few vintage Native American pieces she had picked up. That really got me interested in older pawn items.Yet I was a collector, not a wearer.

Then suddenly, about ten years ago I started wearing first one Native American item, then another and soon I felt incomplete if I didn't wear at least one bracelet and necklace or pendant. Now I wear rings, belt buckles, watches and all things Native American. My favorites include lapis lazuli items, water bird pendants, Hopi bracelets and pendants, anything with Man in the Maze on it, silver beads, heishi of all kinds, storyteller bracelets, rings of all kinds, all kinds of fetishes and more.

Once I started working here at Horsekeeping and they added Native American jewelry to the website, my personal collection quickly outgrew my jewelry much so that I had to make a rule. Maybe some of you have done this with the clothes or shoes or purses in your closet. For every new item I bring into my personal collection, I must trade out at least one item. I've been doing this for years and now have quite a box of items that I will list in my own section "Paula's Collection".

When I first began collecting Native American items, I didn't realize the importance of knowing the artist's name - if I liked something and wanted it, I bought it. But now with all of our personal contacts with artists, our reference library, and our interest in providing as much information as we can to our customers, we are all very interested in finding out the artist's name, relatives, and tribal affiliation. So I'll do my best to give you the most information I can on each piece.

I hope you enjoy browsing through our pawn shop - and Paula's Collection - it is a treasure trove of American History!

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