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Marcella James, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Petrified Wood Pendant
HK Item #P571

Authentic Native American sterling silver Petrified Wood Pendant by Navajo silversmith Marcella James

size
1 3/8" tall including bail x 1 1/8";
1/8" bail;  18" chain
material
petrified wood, read about stones
sterling silver, read about silver
hallmark
stamped: Marcella James STERLING
artist
Marcella James, Navajo
condition
pre-owned, excellent; bright patina; stone firmly set in a smooth bezel

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Authentic Native American sterling silver Petrified Wood Pendant by Navajo silversmith Marcella James

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Marcella James, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Petrified Wood Pendant

P571 - $125 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Authentic Native American sterling silver Petrified Wood Pendant by Navajo silversmith Marcella James

Authentic Native American sterling silver Petrified Wood Pendant by Navajo silversmith Marcella James

18 inch sterling silver chain.

Authentic Native American sterling silver Petrified Wood Pendant by Navajo silversmith Marcella James

What is Petrified Wood?

Petrified, or fossilized, wood is wood in which the vegetable material has been replaced by minerals, usually silica. The silica may be in the form of jasper, agate, chalcedony or even opal. For this process to occur the wood must buried in mud, ash, lake sediment or other material to exclude oxygen and prevent decay. The varied colors of petrified wood are created by minerals such as iron oxide and manganese oxide, that enter the wood in solution with the silica. Read 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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