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Fred Thompson, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Malachite Pendant
HK Item #P540

Fred Thompson Navajo sterling silver and Malachite Pendant

1 1/2" talll;
1 1/4" at widest;
1/8" bail opening
malachite, Read about stones;
sterling silver, Read about silver;
stamped: a tilde and STERLING
Fred Thompson, Navajo
pre-owned, excellent; dark patina; stone firmly set with no cracks or chips

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Fred Thompson, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Malachite Pendant

P540 - $225 plus s/h

Fred Thompson Navajo sterling silver and Malachite Pendant

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About Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson (1922-2002) was an accomplished Dinť silversmith who started his jewelry making career at age 15 working for Turpen Trading Post in Gallup, New Mexico. He used the skills he learned in Turpenís shop to build his jewelry making career. Thompson made his own stamps and focused on traditional Navajo styles using high quality stones. He sold his jewelry exclusively to Tobe Turpen, never to any other Southwest Indian Jewelry dealers. His hallmark was a tilde, sometimes a TT over a tilde, acknowledging his association with Tobe Turpen. Thompson took a break from his work to serve his country in World War II. After returning from the war, he continued silversmithing into the 1990s. Thompsonís pieces are now rare and collectible.

About Malachite

Malachite has been carved into ornaments and worn as jewelry for thousands of years, and in some ancient civilizations it was thought to be a protection from evil if worn as jewelry. Malachite is generally found with blue Azurite, and sometimes the two may occur admixed or banded together, forming "Azurmalachite". Read about stones

Our Rescue Mission
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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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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