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Animal Pendant Charms
HK Item #NP675

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Sterling Silver animalr pendant charms

Sterling Silver animalr pendant charms

Size
approximately 1" long including fixed bail
Materials

sterling silver, Read about silver

Hallmarks
all stamped STERLING, some have maker's mark
Artist
unknown

 

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Sterling Silver Overlay
Animal Pendant Charms

NP675 - $25 each plus s/h
(ONLY ONE OF EACH AVAILABLE)

A Bear        
B Hummer        
C Quail        
D Quail        
E Wolf        
F Wolf        
G Quail        
H Quail        


Paula says -"These sterling silver animals can be worn as pendants, single earrings or as charms on a charm bracelet."

"In my opinion, these items show all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because we are unable to attribute the hallmarks to a specific artist we can't legally sell them as Native American made - read more."

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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