Robert Gene - Navajo Sterling Silver
Overlay Turtle Pendant with Chain
HK Item #NP365

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sterling silver turtle pendant by Navajo artist Robert Gene

Height
1 3/8" including fixed bail
Materials
Sterling Silver
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Artist's mark
Sterling
Artist
Robert Gene, Navajo
Robert Gene - Navajo
Sterling Silver Overlay
Turtle
Pendant with Chain
NP365
$25 plus s/h

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What is Overlay?

With silver overlay, there are two layers of silver - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid silver bottom layer.

The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is traditionally darkened (oxidized) for contrast. Navajo silversmiths typically leave the background smooth while Hopi usually etch the background with hashmarks.

The two layers are then “sweated” together - the silver is heated until the two layers meld.

The result is a 3-D picture with great depth and interest.

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