Sadie Sam, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Paua Shell Butterfly Set
Necklace and Earrings

HK Item #S465

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sterling silver and paua shell Butterfly Necklace and wire earrings Set

sterling silver and paua shell Butterfly Necklace and wire earrings Set

Condition
pre-owned, excellent; stones firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces; even bright patina
Necklace
approx 18" to 20" and can be adjusted smaller;
butterfly is 4 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Earrings
2" long including wires
Materials
paua shell, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
stamped: SADIE SAM
Artist
Sadie Sam, Navajo
(active since the 1970s; married to Benson Sam)

sterling silver and paua shell Butterfly Necklace and wire earrings Set

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Sadie Sam, Navajo
Paua Shell Butterfly Set
Necklace and Earrings

S465 - $195 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE SET AVAILABLE)

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sterling silver and paua shell Butterfly Necklace and wire earrings Set

sterling silver and paua shell Butterfly Necklace and wire earrings Set

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We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Butterfly Symbolism

Butterfly represents transformation, the ability to go through changes in life with grace and lightness, like the plain caterpillar changing into a colorful butterfly. Butterfly's bright colors symbolize liveliness and playfulness. Butterfly helps us look at heavy and tense situations with a new, lighter perspective.

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.

Our Rescue Mission
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Native American Indian Jewelry 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.

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