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Lorraine Chee - Navajo Sterling Silver
Small Sandcast Turquoise Cross Pendant
HK Item #NPC655

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Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Cross Pendant

Materials
Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
1 1/8" tall including fixed bail;
5/8" wide
Hallmarks
STERLING
Artist
Lorraine Chee, Navajo

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Lorraine Chee - Navajo Sterling Silver
Small Turquoise Cross Pendant

#NPC655 - $20 SOLD

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Paula says - "Very nice little cross with turquoise cabochon set in a smooth bezel. We have several of these crosses so the turquoise stone on the one your receive may vary from the one pictured here."

 

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What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

 

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