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Signed Vintage Modernist Sterling & Turquoise Earrings

Signed Vintage Modernist Sterling & Turquoise Earrings

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Pre 1970: Item # 411423
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The sophisticated Modernist design of these hand-wrought earrings features elongated ovals of silver bevel-set with well-matched cabochons of good quality natural turquoise about 3/4" long by 1/2" wide. Overall size is about 1 1/4" x 3/4". There's a bit more of the desirable dark matrix in the stones than the photo could capture, due to glare, and their rich blue color has greened somewhat with age, as turquoise does. (I particularly prize the greener pieces in my own collection, because they're the good old ones.)

From a New Mexico estate, these jewels are almost certainly Native American-made - but old enough to precede the stamp that now guarantees Native American craftsmanship (which I believe was introduced early in the 1970s). The only mark present is FA 925. FA presumably refers to the artist, whose initials I don't recognize. The earrings are in beautifully wearable condition, showing only age-appropriate surface wear and a little waviness along the edge that you have to hunt for. This is inevitable, given the delicacy of sterling silver, and doesn't detract. Some patina is present, especially on the reverses, but that will easily polish off if you prefer a brighter look. Based on style, I'd date them to the 1950s, but the post fittings argue for a 1960s dating.

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