Handcrafted by award-winning Navajo silversmith Stanley Parker, this one-of-a-kind sterling silver chain link necklace and earring set is a versatile, expertly crafted piece. The necklace features large chain links and five unique dangles that feature traditional Navajo stamped designs representing clouds and the four directions. The matching dangle earrings feature the same stamped design. Parker honors tradition while also creating a unique contemporary silhouette and design that is valuable for its beauty and artistry, and this necklace and earring set is a distinctive addition to your collection of Native American jewelry.
- Necklace handcrafted by Stanley Parker (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Hook and eye necklace closure
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Necklace measures 16” long x 1-1/2” wide; earrings measure 2-1/4” long x 5/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Stanley Parker is a renowned Navajo silversmith from the Four Corners region of New Mexico. He started his career as an engineer but was drawn to the complexity and challenges of silversmithing. Known for his superior craftsmanship and use of high-grade natural turquoise, Parker creates very classic, traditional styles that draw on the rich history of Navajo jewelry-making.
Many Native American artists are inspired by their rich cultural history and the traditions of art, dance, community and cuisine that have carefully been passed down for generations. From colorful shell bead work and mosaic inlay to Navajo weaving and Pueblo pottery, there are many art forms that are unique to the Pueblo people of New Mexico and tribes of the Southwest. Native American artists are inspired to preserve these traditional art forms, using them to tell stories of their history and culture while also preserving the high standards of craftsmanship that make their work distinctive, valuable and lasting.
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.
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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, providing 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.