Richard Chavez is one of the best contemporary jewelers worldwide. His blend of modern and iconic styles is unique, and his technique is flawless. He takes what Charles Loloma did nad moves it forward without being derivative. He has won many awards and his work is in museums worldwide.
This stunning bracelet dates from 2005. it is made from a heavy double band of cast silver with black jade, coral, and turquoise in an 18k gold setting that floats above the surface...
Morris Robinson was one of the earliest Hopi smiths, began making jewelry in 1924, and marking his pieces in the 1930's. He worked off and on until 1987. He was also an innovator and pioneer incorporating art deco styling into his jewelry very early on. He preceded Charles Loloma and Kenneth Begay in becoming the first Native American master goldsmith in the southwest. He was an uncle to Charles Loloma and they are reported to have worked together at times...
Manuel Hoyungowa learned from his famous uncle Preston Monongye and has become a very well known jeweler who has won many awards. He is a member of the Greasewood clan and has been working since the 1970's. This silver pendant necklace shows Kokopelli, and is about 1 7/8" long and 3/4" wide, excellent worn condition, cloud hallmark.
Here is a nice pair of Navajo earrings that are made to look like old buttons not sure how old, probably form the 1970's. Nice turquoise, signed AC or AG in gothic type, I can not find a reference to this mark. about 1" diameter.
Hallmarked with an "F" and an arrowhead, this large, heavyweight silver buckle is inlaid with turquoise and spiny coral in stylized geometric patterns. Made for a belt up to 1-1/2 inches in width, it was never worn and is in mint condition. Approximately two by three inches.
An established dealer of Native American crafts in San Francisco told me that the three fetish rings I offer here were the oldest she had ever seen. She also said they were important and sacred so this is why some one set them into silver and made them into rings. This Zuni bear fetish is shell, it is over a century old, the silver setting is over 50 years old. The ring is size 5, the bear fetish is about 3/4" long. This is a museum quality piece of Native American art.
This is the second ancient fetish ring I have up for sale. It came from a fine collection of old jewelry. The hand made silver mounting was done with great respect for the Zuni bird fetish which is well over a century old. The silver ring mounting is at least fifty years old. The fetish is shell, it is about 1" long. The ring is a size 7. An important piece of Native American art.
This outstanding Navajo ring was not made for the tourist trade. It was made for and worn by a Navajo and is characteristic of their massive jewelry. I have owned it for over 40 years, it came from a top quality collection in Colorado and was bought as pawn before I purchased it. It is old, unmarked which also fits its origin. It is sandcast, it has top quality turqoise and natural red coral. It is 1 oz of silver, it is size 11 1/2. It is 1 1/8" at front height...
Huge Dynamic Margot de Taxco Flowing Ribbon Pin c.1950's. Large in scale with nice heavy silver weight. This ribbon pin measures 2" in length by 1 7/8" in width. The focus of this pin is a central line of domed balls that progress in size from small to large. Geometric rectangles frame this feature and the effect is quite striking. Marked on the underside of the pin with: Margot de Taxco hallmark, sterling, Made in Mexico, Eagle Mark 15, design #5247...
Unique design by Jose Luis Flores c. 1950 Taxco, Mexico. Based on Mayan and Aztec motifs, this bracelet is surprisingly modern in feel for being approx. sixty yrs old. Simple in form but powerful in its repetitive design, Flores captures a smooth flow and elegance in this example of Mexican artistry. Measuring 7" in length by 3/4" in width and in excellent vintage condition. Bracelet has nice weight and is very easy to wear...
Total length with all parts: 2.5" -
Total width of earring at the widest point: 1.25"
Backing material appears to be silver; however, the wire work is silver plated.
Cabochons of irregular shapes are amethyst and amber.
The back of the earring is signed with Chinese characters.
No damages or repairs.
One owner who purchased these wonderful earrings in the 1950's. Matching necklace also available.
Great stone with smokey swirl matrix and classic old style stamp and rope work. Hairline across center of stone barely visible and solid in the setting. Handmade shank the ring measures 1 1/2 long and is a size 8 1/2.
Understated silver squash blossom necklace with cast ingot Fleur de Lis type naja drop in a size that's practical to wear. Handmade "bench beads" strung on foxtail (sterling cable). Old style clasp is handmade. Best condition and measures 22 1/5" end to end. Naja drop measures 2 7/8" long. The necklace is unsigned.
Wallie Sekayumptewa started working in 1948 and stopped in 1967. He also worked a little in the 1990's. He was a member of the Reed Clan. His work is hard to find now and is very collectible. These earrings date from the 1950's and are about 13/16" tall by 9/16" wide. Excellent worn condition. Hallmarked with crossed arrows.
Navajo cluster ring with mother of pearl and turquoise inlay by Marie Kee. Marie smithied for Atkinson beginning in the 70's and is a well respected artist. This showy ring measures shy 2" at the face with obscured hallmark.
Zuni cross pendant created in the chip-inlay technique. The turquoise and coral are richly colored and the silver well patinated, just has a great feel and measures 2 7/8" x 2 1/8".
Unusual and colorful Sunface ring is inlaid with turquoise and shell, jet and measures 2" tall. Has a handmade wire shank and good quality raised inlay. Unsigned size 6 1/2.
Nice quality earrings in classic old style of the 50's, these Navajo clip-backs measure 1".