"The body of this magnificent pendant is a 3-D shadowbox that resembles a cross between a horseshoe and a naja. The front surface is cut out and the back wall of the shadowbox is darkened to provide contrast."
"The top scene includes twin mitten buttes, a hogan and a wagon."
Dime in above photo shows scale of pendant.
James Jr., Navajo
$185 plus s/h
Paula says - "I immediately saved one of these rare pendants for myself and it has become a favorite piece. When I am away from home, I feel like I am taking home with me.
"Truly a wonderful, homespun feel to this piece. To add color and a little action, Jeff James Jr. has suspended a brilliant piece of turquoise set in a smooth bezel."
The very generous 1/2 inch wide bail is stamped and swinging. You can wear this piece with silver beads, a stone necklace, a collar, heavy chain, leather, anything.
WHAT IS A SHADOWBOX?
Shadowbox is an overlay design technique where there is space between the top and bottom layers of sterling silver creating a 3-dimensional shadow effect. The bottom layer is often darkened to enhance the shadowbox effect.
What is Storyteller Jewelry?
Storyteller jewelry, typically bracelets, pendants and pins, are made using the sterling silver overlay method, sometimes incorporating gold in the overlay. Two layers comprise the jewelry - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid bottom layer. The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is often textured or darkened (oxidized) for contrast. 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. Storyteller jewelry often depicts scenes from life on the reservation, including animals like sheep, dogs and horses, buildings such as hogans and outhouses, mesas, trees, looms, kivas, wagans and even pickup trucks.
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.
Turquoise is associated with the sky,
and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is
believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise
can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.