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Sterling Silver
Small Sandcast Turquoise Cross Pendant
HK Item #NPC666

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Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Cross Pendant

Materials
Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
1 1/4" tall including fixed bail;
3/4" wide
Hallmarks
None
Artist
uknown

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Sterling Silver
Small Turquoise Cross Pendant
#NPC666
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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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.

"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking 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.

Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

 

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