Bring the beauty of the dragonfly to your life with this handmade sterling silver pendant by Navajo artist Cynthia Platero. The graceful natural form is further accented by hand stamping and a single bezel-set Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone.
- Pendant handcrafted by Cynthia Platero (Navajo).
- Hand-stamped sterling silver
- Bezel-set Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Necklace is 18 inches long and the pendant measures L:1.25 W:0.75
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
This small turquoise dragonfly pendant was handcrafted in sterling silver by Navajo Artist Cynthia Platero. Known around the world for their brilliance as silversmiths, Native American artists of the Southwest make jewelry that is collected and admired for its superior craftsmanship, technical sophistication, detail and beauty. Navajo and Zuni artists were the first to learn the art and develop their own distinctive silver jewelry styles, but today talented artists are working in an impressive range of styles in every Pueblo and tribe of the Southwest.
The dragonfly is an important insect for the Pueblo people of New Mexico and other tribes of the Southwest. These special creatures are seen as messengers, speaking to the thunder and clouds to bring moisture and blessings to the people. They are also associated with strength and healing.
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways. Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to level of couture fashion and fine art.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. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.