Handcrafted by master Navajo silversmith Virginia Tso, this sterling silver bead necklace and drop earring set is a valuable work of wearable art.
Often called Navajo pearls, this style of silver bead is an iconic jewelry silhouette beloved by Navajo silversmiths.
This set is remarkable for its bold scale and the quality of its craftsmanship. The necklace features large-scale fluted beads interspersed with flattened beads, and the matching drop earrings feature a single fluted bead.
Very few artists still create silver bead by hand, making this a rare and prized piece that will be valuable for generations to come. This necklace and earring set is a must-have for serious collectors of Native American Jewelry.
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- Necklace, bracelet and earring set handcrafted by Virginia Tso (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Hook and eye necklace closure
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Necklace can be worn alone or with large-bail pendants
- Necklaces measures 20” long x 1/2” wide
- Earrings measure 1-1/2” long x 1/2” wide
- 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.
Virginia Tso is a master Navajo silversmith from Pinedale, Arizona. She has been making handmade silver beads for more than four decades.
Many Native American 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 generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials, and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
Creating hand-rolled silver beads, sometimes called “Navajo Pearls,” is a celebrated tradition among Navajo silversmiths and an icon of Navajo jewelry. 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.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, 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.