Doug Etsitty Engraved Sterling Silver Feather Earrings

Item No: 3478

$ 55.00

  • A pair of earrings that will elevate your jewelry collection, this iconic piece was handcrafted by acclaimed Navajo silversmith Doug Etsitty. The feather earrings are beautifully crafted from sterling silver with engraved details to add texture. Feathers are a powerful symbol in Native American culture and Etsitty has crafted this symbol in a versatile earring silhouette. Add a bold accent to your everyday style with these all-sterling earrings, or wear this elegant design for more formal occasions.

    • Earrings handcrafted by Doug Etsitty (Navajo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Shepard’s hook ear wires
    • Earrings measure 2-1/2” x 1/2”
    • 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.

  • Doug Etsitty is a Navajo silversmith who blends traditional and contemporary elements in his work. He specializes in earrings and bracelets that feature stampwork, feather designs and unique hammered textures.
  • Native Americans have a deep connection to and respect for the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Eagles are particularly revered for their ability to fly so close to the heavens, carrying the prayers of the people to the spirit world. Feathers of all birds, and especially eagles, are an iconic design in Native American jewelry and art.
  • 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, Native American artists draw upon both traditional and contemporary influences, and their shell, gemstone and silver jewelry is prized and collected by people around the world.

    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. 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 work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. 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, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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