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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?

Native American overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The bottom layer is a solid piece while the top layer has a cutout design. The cutout layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, heated so that they become one solid piece of sterling silver. The bottom layer, or background, that shows through the cut out portion of the top layer is often darkened for contrast.

Hopi silversmiths typically texture the background layer with hash marks while Navajo artists often leave the background smooth. Hopi artists tend to use geometric designs and symbols similar to those used in their pottery and baskets. Navajo silversmiths tend to create scenes depicting everyday life using people, animals, buildings and landscapes to tell a story - this style is called "overlay storyteller jewelry". Read more about overlay here.

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