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Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Teardrop and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings
Item #42277
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Showcasing mastery of both silversmithing and lapidary work, these Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Teardrop and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings are beautifully handmade by a Navajo silversmith. The carved and stamped sterling silver settings beautifully present the sky blue teardrop stones of Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring turquoise and individually crafted settings assure each earring is one-of-a-kind.
The “skystone” turquoise—like the stunning teardrop cabochons jeweling these Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Teardrop and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings—has been mined by Native Americans since 1000 CE. Highly sought for its sky blue color and little-to-no veining, Sleeping Beauty turquoise comes from a now-closed Arizona mine of the same name. 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 Sleeping Beauty turquoise.

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