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Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Tufa-Cast Sterling Silver Feather Dangle Earrings
Item #42312
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Navajo artist Ernest Rangel creates the unique texture of his Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Tufa-Cast Sterling Silver Feather Dangle Earrings by molding the feather designs in molten silver. Poured into casts of volcanic tufa rock—which have been hand-carved into the desired feather shape—the black-tipped eagle feathers of these Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Tufa-Cast Sterling Silver Feather Dangle Earrings are suspended from freeform nuggets of Kingman Turquoise. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring turquoise and individually crafted sterling silver settings assure each earring is one-of-a-kind.
The Kingman mine that produced the turquoise for this Navajo Kingman Turquoise and Tufa-Cast Sterling Silver Feather Dangle Earrings was first worked by ancient Native American civilizations. Rediscovered in the 1880s, Native American hammers from 600 CE were discovered in the mine. Among the hundreds of Navajo jewelry pieces curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian are many necklaces featuring Kingman turquoise and several magnificent jewelry pieces of tufa-cast silver.

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