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Herbert Begay, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Carnelian Pendant
HK Item #P506

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Carnelian Pendant by Navajo artisan Herbert Begay

size
1 5/8" x 1"
5/16" bail
material
carnelian, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
hallmark
stamped: HERBERT BEGAY .925 USA
artisan
Herbert Begay, Navajo
condition
pre-owned, excellent; medium patina; stone firmly set in hand cut serrated bezel with no cracks, chips or scratches

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Carnelian Pendant by Navajo artisan Herbert Begay

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Herbert Begay, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Carnelian Pendant

P506 - $165 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Paula says - "This pendant is comprised of three layers of very clean, precise silverwork. work. The carnelian cabochon is set in an excellent hand cut bezel."

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Carnelian Pendant by Navajo artisan Herbert Begay

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Carnelian Pendant by Navajo artisan Herbert Begay

The bail is open at the front so you can easily slip it over a chain or collar. Stone is set in a hand cut bezel.

ABOUT CARNELIAN

A translucent, semiprecious variety of the silica mineral chalcedony with physical properties like quartz. Shades of red, orange, and reddish brown come from small amounts of iron oxide, or rust. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax because hot wax does not stick to carnelian. Some of these ancient carnelian rings have retained their high polish better than those made from harder stones. Carnelian is mined principally in India, Brazil, and Australia. Read more about stones.

About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.

Read more about silver.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewerly 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.

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.

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