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Richard Begay, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Small Opal Pendant
HK Item #P576

authentic Native American sterling silver and imitation opal Pendant by Navajo artisan Richard Begay

size
7/8" tall including bail x 1/2" wide;
3/32" bail
material
imitation opal, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
hallmark
stamped: RB STERLING
artist
Richard Begay, Navajo
condition
pre-owned, excellent; bright patina; stone firmly set in smooth bezel with no cracks or chips

authentic Native American sterling silver and imitation opal Pendant by Navajo artisan Richard Begay

Jewelry

Richard Begay, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Small Opal Pendant

P576 - $25 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Paula says - "In my opinion, this pendant shows design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because we are unable to attribute the hallmark to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

authentic Native American sterling silver and imitation opal Pendant by Navajo artisan Richard Begay

authentic Native American sterling silver and imitation opal Pendant by Navajo artisan Richard Begay

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About Richard Begay

Richard Begay was born and raised in Navajoland, Arizona and began making jewelry in 1974. He used a wide variety of stones and shells in his jewelry, with turquoise and coral being his favorites. His work is represented in many collections and museums both nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and the Heard Museum in Phoenix AZ. Richard passed away in 2013.

ABOUT OPAL

Opal is a naturally blue stone with interior fracturing of light which results in a play of color. Opal is October's birthstone and is believed to make the wearer less self-conscious, thereby encouraging spontaneous action and awakening one's psyche.

Natural opal

(also known as precious opal) contains between 3-10% water but can be as high as 20% and this can make the stones less stable.

Lab opal

is considered a true synthetic or created opal produced in controlled laboratory conditions and with the same chemical composition as natural opal but with a very low moisture content making it more durable. Lab opal has much fracturing of light and brilliant colors including blue, pink, purple, red and green..

Imitation opal

(artificial or simulated opal) is different chemically from natural and lab opal. It is made up of 80% silica and 20% resin and is an economical option to both precious and lab opal. It is the opal most commonly used in Native American jewelry.

Read more about opal.     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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