A jewelry style celebrated by Navajo silversmiths, the silver beads in these earrings are often called “Navajo Pearls.” These silver beads are often used to create iconic necklaces and bracelets, and you can enjoy a fresh take on a classic style with these fluted bead earrings. Handcrafted by Navajo artists, these earrings are a beautiful nod to a traditional style.
- Dangle earrings handcrafted by Navajo artists
- Sterling silver
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Earrings measure 1-3/4” long x 1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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These earrings were handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Native American artists. Known around the world for their brilliance as silversmiths, Native American artists of the Southwest make jewelry that is collected and admired for it 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 there are talented artists working in an impressive range of styles from every Pueblo and tribe of the Southwest.
Many Native American jewelry artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
Handcrafted silver beads, sometimes called “Navajo Pearls,” are an icon of Navajo jewelry and a celebrated tradition among Navajo silversmiths. The artist begins with two flat discs of silver then shapes them into domes using a dapping punch. The halves are soldered together and filed to form a beautiful silver bead. Usually formed from heavy gauge sterling silver, the beads may be smooth, stamped, fluted, slightly flattened or round and polished. Making hand-rolled beads is an extremely labor-intensive process but it creates one of the most beautiful and recognized necklace styles in the world. Today, artists also use these silver beads in earrings and bracelets, creating beautiful contemporary silhouettes that draw upon the rich legacy of Navajo silverwork.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.