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Choice 1970s Turquoise Coral Shell and Silver Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1980   item# 1274188

Choice 1970s Turquoise Coral Shell and Silver Necklace
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This is a supremely elegant Native American necklace that drapes like silk. You couldn't hope to find more perfectly graduated turquoise beads -- besides which, this jewel has EVERYTHING: accents of both shell and coral, plus wonderful silver beads of the type you seldom see anymore, hollow and ridged at the center.

The turquoise appears to be Blue Gem: the greenish type pooled with blue and loaded with pyrite matrix. The Blue Gem mine hadn't yet closed when this was made, although stones from there are now highly collectible. Most "finished" Blue Gem turquoise today is in private collections and museums, seldom offered for sale. Alternatively, it could be Bisbee, which is also rare (and called the Tiffany of Turquoise).

Of princess length (18 inches), this strand is impressively weighty: about two ounces, aka 60 grams. It finishes with an old fish-hook fastener of silver. I love those for being so easy to wear (compared to nasty spring rings). It appears that none of the silver has ever seen polish, so an extremely rich patina is present. If you want the tarnish off, be sure to polish by hand with a non-abrasive cream, so as not to disturb all this very valuable oxidation. Condition of the necklace is excellent. The irregularities around the edges of a few beads are not signs of damage; they're at points of heavy matrix, which often lies a bit below the adjoining surface.

From a New Mexico collection, the necklace was purchased in 1975 or 1976 by the original owner, in whose family it remained for the last 30-odd years. Its origin couldn't be clearer: The original box of issue is present -- along with a brochure from the Bien Mur Indian Market Center, a fascinating piece of history in that the shop used to be the only public structure on the reservation, but now is part of an enormous hotel, casino and amphitheatre complex just outside Albuquerque. This would have been the market's very first brochure, because the shop opened in spring of 1975. (Its 40th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the month of May, 2015.)

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Vintage Panamanian Gold Canetille & Pearl Mosqueta Set

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Pre 1950   item# 1269273

Vintage Panamanian Gold Canetille & Pearl Mosqueta Set
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Please note: This picture (soon to be replaced) makes the pearls appear rosy. They're aren't. It's just that my hand is.

From a lovely and fascinating estate collection that's been consigned to us, this magnificent demi-parure bowls me over on quite a few counts. One is the breathtaking size of the domed jewel that doubles as a pendant and a brooch. Another is the luscious, buttery color of the gold, achieved by layering pure 24k gold atop 14k. The artistry of the metalwork is also an unexpected treat, since cannetille filigree with granulation is almost never seen on 20th century jewelry. Finally, the sheer number of pearls you get with this set is astounding: a whopping 78!

The massive brooch, which a hidden bale allows to be worn also as a pendant on a chain or strand of pearls, holds 60 pearls -- and 18 particularly fine ones appear on the cluster earrings (9 in each). The pearls are proper cultured sea pearls, not the cheap freshwater type. Diameter of the brooch is about 52mm and the earrings, also domed, are about 15mm in diameter.

About that remarkable metalwork, cannetille and granulation are extremely intricate, time-intensive techniques that require the ultimate virtuosity from a goldsmith. Canetille work mainly appears in Georgian and Regency jewelry, when wars raged and jewelers made the most of limited supplies by forming gold into very thin wires and creating lacy confections with it. Granulation, of course, is most associated with the Victorian Etruscan Revival period.

These treasures hail from Panama, widely known for its pearl jewelry since the time of the conquistadores, and derive their name from being likened to the white musk rose called "mosqueta" in Spanish. Based on the fittings, which are certainly original, this set was probably crafted in the 1920s or early 1930s. It can't reasonably be later, because none were made after a 1935 Red Tide wiped out the Panamanian oyster beds, until Japanese pearls began to be imported in the 1950s. Condition is excellent; the jewels have seen very little wear.

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Graceful Vintage Turquoise and Silver Ring

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1970   item# 1163906

Graceful Vintage Turquoise and Silver Ring
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This is one of the prettiest old turquoise rings I've ever seen and, having lived in New Mexico for many years, I've seen a lot of them. At 3/4" tall and 1/2" wide, the ring's face just about covers a knuckle, but it doesn't feel heavy and cumbersome, and its shape attractively elongates the finger, since part of the face rests below it. Adding more feminine flattery are the graceful curves of its fan shape, formed by four turquoise teardrops in silver bezels, and the daintiness of the shank.

Such a narrow band is, of course, subject to developing a bit of waviness over time. Any good jeweler can quickly smooth that out if it bothers you, but I enjoy it as evidence of age. Also attesting to age are the greening of the stones and the rich, dark patina among them. The lack of markings is also significant. I gave the back and shank a light polish to search for marks and found none. That the ring is Native American and crafted from silver, probably sterling grade, can't reasonably be argued, so the absence of hallmarks strongly suggests it was made no later than the 1960s. (The stamp that now guarantees Native American craftsmanship was introduced early in the 1970s.) The ring may be even older, because silver quality marks have been customarily used since the 1930s.

Size is now in the US 5.5 to 6 range, easily altered up or down, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

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Vintage Carved Onyx Bear Fetish Necklace Earrings Set

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1980   item# 1114503

Vintage Carved Onyx Bear Fetish Necklace Earrings Set
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This is one of the most charming fetish jewelry sets I've ever seen -- and I've seen plenty of them, having lived in New Mexico off and on since the mid-1970s. These bear fetishes are absolutely adorable; they're also unusually large, ranging up to 2 inches long. Nine bears are present altogether, seven on the necklace and one on each earring. Carved from black onyx, they're very hard to photograph, but there's a lot of detail. Between bears are heishi beads carved from both onyx and turquoise.

The 28-inch necklace finishes with a sterling hook and eye closure and the earrings, 2.75 inches long, have sterling ball and post fasteners. Condition of the set is lovely; you have to search with high magnification to find any surface wear at all. Obviously treasured by their former owner and stored with great care, these pieces reached us from an estate in Kansas. We were told that the prior owner purchased them in the 1970s, so they could older than that but no younger.

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Exotic Old Faux Amber and Silver Filigree Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Pre 1940   item# 1038418

Exotic Old Faux Amber and Silver Filigree Necklace
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Here's a head-turning necklace for you, obviously hand-made and of considerable age. Whenever I wear it, compliments flow and everyone believes it's genuine amber.

Adding to the opulence, the stacks of amber slices are separated by nine highly ornate spacer beads. The beads certainly contain some silver, since they've acquired a heavy patina.

I believe this piece dates from the early 20th century, based on its fancy link chain -- very similar to the "paperclip" style seen on necklaces from the Arts and Crafts era. Its origin could be Middle Eastern or perhaps it's from farther East. If you recognize the style and can place it definitively, please let us know. Provenance is an estate in New Mexico, where exotic jewelry is prized.

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Delightful 4 Strand Vintage Bird Fetish Heishi Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1980   item# 1008333

Delightful 4 Strand Vintage Bird Fetish Heishi Necklace
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Southwestern jewelry is outside my specialization and frankly I'm a bit tired of it, after living in New Mexico for so many years. However, I can still be impressed now and then by a piece from the neighborhood (Rio Grande pueblo country).

This necklace is one of those pieces. It dates from the 1970s, when overall quality really was better. Wonderful work continues to be done, of course, but mainly at the upper end of the market. What makes this so special is that such skill was applied to shell materials, as opposed to costlier stones like turquoise. There's an amazing profusion of fetishes here, far more than I have the patience to count. Mainly they're birds, but a few turtles, fish and pink bears were thrown in for fun. All the creatures and heishi beads were carved from shimmering mother-of-pearl and other shells and shell linings. Hand-crafted and fully silver-strung, the strands finish with hollow silver beads and a barrel screw-clasp. Quite a lot of age patina is on the silver now -- which, in deference to the purists among us, I haven't polished. You can easily achieve a brighter look, if that's what you prefer.

At its longest, the necklace measures 26 inches; it's in lovely condition, as you see; and its provenance is a Georgia collection. The original owner remembers buying it at either the Santo Domingo or Cochiti pueblo, both in the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area.

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Vintage Rhinestone Harem Ring 5 Bands in One

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Bedouin: Pre 1980   item# 1007448

Vintage Rhinestone Harem Ring 5 Bands in One
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Most harem rings are decidedly in the "fine jewelry" category -- made of high-carat gold and set with gemstones -- so it's quite unusual to find an affordable version. We got lucky and found two of them lately: a seven-ring stack of textured sterling bands and this beauty!

Here, diamond rhinestones not only ornament each of five bands joined at the back, but also fit together to form a lovely flower. The metal is silver in color, unmarked, and the faceted rhinestones are real dazzlers. Size is about a U.S. 8 -- on the large side, because such a wide ring looks good on the middle finger.

My best guess for dating would be 1970s, since harem rings were so trendy then, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

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Exotic Vintage Mayan Crystal Pearl Fringe Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1980   item# 645589

Exotic Vintage Mayan Crystal Pearl Fringe Necklace
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This stunning piece of paradise came from Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where a jeweler imports items hand-fashioned by the modern Maya (descendants of the ancient Pyramid-builders of Mesoamerica). In like-new condition, it was seldom worn by the lady who purchased it there.

Extremely glamorous on, the necklace sways with your every sigh, shimmers with thousands of teensy black, clear and silver crystals and is accented by freshwater pearl drops at the front, where the fringes are longest. A LOT of intricate workmanship went into this beauty. Even the clasp is fully beaded: a ball that slides through a loop.

Total length is 21.5 inches and the fringe length tapers from about 2 inches in front to .25 inch at the very back. Not a bit flimsy, it has a nice weight to it and drapes gracefully. Being hand-crafted, of course it's one-of-a-kind. You'll always stand out from the crowd, wearing something this unusual and dramatic.

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Cute Vintage Southwestern Hand Crafted Turtle Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1980   item# 628039

Cute Vintage Southwestern Hand Crafted Turtle Earrings
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In Pueblo Indian symbology here in the Southwest, Turtle is a very significant figure -- a particular annoyance to Coyote, because Turtle is impervious to his tricks. In fact, Turtle is even able to defy death. As such, he stands for long life, as well as strength and perseverance. Perhaps I should say "she," instead of "he," since the Turtle fetish is associated with feminine power.

Besides bringing you all these worthy attributes, our turtle earrings are pure delight with their wonderfully whimsical shapes (each a little different, which testifies to hand-craftsmanship). They appear to be fashioned of hand-hammered heavy brass wire. That they're a golden color makes them very different and desirable; there isn't much Southwestern jewelry that you can wear with gold.

Not being silver, the jewels aren't required to have marks, so we can't be certain they're Native American-made. That's highly likely, though, as they originated in northern New Mexico. The prior owner recalls purchasing them at a crafts fair around 1980.

On posts for pierced ears, they measure a little more than 1 3/4 inches long and are very light and comfortable to wear. Condition is excellent.

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Antique Silver Dangle Earrings Exotic Asian Tribal

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Far Eastern: Pre 1930   item# 611878

Antique Silver Dangle Earrings Exotic Asian Tribal
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If you enjoy exotic jewelry, you'll love these hand-made silver earrings. Two inches long, they're highly decorative -- combining stamped, cast, hammered, soldered & wire wrap details. Even the ear wires are hand-drawn.

Exact metal content is uncertain. Several small spots seem to reveal another metal, but may simply reflect the vagaries of coin silver, which was always an alloy. Provenance is an estate in New Mexico, where offbeat jewelry has always been an element of high style. Condition is quite good, relative to age. These are definitely very old. I don't know enough about Asian jewelry to date them with precision (or identify the ethnic origin) so, if you help with that, please let me know. I'm calling them pre-1930, but they may well be 19th century.

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