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Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Stamped Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Item #42278
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Exquisitely handmade scalloped sterling silver settings, stamped with sun rays motifs, reflect the Navajo artisan’s mastery of silversmithing as expressed in these Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Stamped Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings. Further embellished with raindrop beading, the stamped sterling silver bezel of each of these Navajo earrings is set with a stunning oval cabochon of blue Kingman turquoise. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring turquoise and individually crafted settings assure each earring is one-of-a-kind.
The Kingman mine that produced the turquoise for these Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Stamped Sterling Dangle Earrings was first worked by ancient Native American civilizations. Rediscovered in the 1880s, Navajo hammers and polishing tools were found there along with Native American hammers from 600 CE. The long tradition of stamping designs into sterling silver is believed to have begun in the 1850s with Atsidi Sani, who is said to have learned to work silver from a Mexican smith. The extensive Navajo jewelry holdings of the National Museum of the American Indian include many beautiful examples of hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry, many adorned with Kingman turquoise.

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