This beautifully executed stamped pendant/pin by Navajo artist Matthew Charley features a classic concho design with a traditional stamped pattern, set with a stunning piece of Kingman turquoise in the center.
Strung on a natural leather cord, this is a lasting piece of wearable art.
- Pendant/pin handcrafted by Matthew Charley (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Hook and eye
- Pendant measures 2-3/4” diameter
- Pin closure and small hidden bail that can accommodate beads, cord and chains that are less than 3/16”
- Leather necklace measures 24” long x 1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Matthew Charley is an emerging Navajo jeweler who learned the art from his father, acclaimed silversmith Lee Charley. He often creates contemporary gemstone cluster jewelry inspired by the traditional Zuni petit point technique.
Kingman turquoise is one of the iconic gemstones of Native American jewelry, and a favorite of jewelry collectors around the world. Located in northwest Arizona, Kingman is one of the largest turquoise mines in North America, and supplies much of the turquoise used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry. The site has been mined by Native Americans for more than a thousand years, and is one of only three prehistoric mining sites that have been found in Arizona.
Kingman turquoise became famous in the 1950s for its brilliant blue gems with striking black matrix. The mine also produces blue gems with silver matrix, and other shades of blue and green turquoise. More than 95 percent of the turquoise that comes out of the mine must be stabilized. The high-grade gems that don’t require stabilization are extremely valuable, and among the finest types of turquoise in the world.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
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