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Vintage Opal + Turquoise Sterling Navajo Earrings

Native American Vintage Jewellery
1980's

in stock

1
$149.00

Delicate and amazing Navajo Opal Earrings

Spectacular, small handcrafted sterling silver vintage Navajo earrings. Handmade, circa 1980s in Art Deco style, these are superbly crafted little opal inlay earring. Beautiful winged desig, silver channel inlay and opal, mother of pearl and onyx design. Handmade sterling links - small and spectacular earrings - very nicely made and a beautiful example of vintage Native American jewellery by silversmith Sheryl Martinez.

Item Details

Size

1.7cm x 1.1cm (excluding hooks)

Weight

6 Grams

Hallmark

S Martinez Sterling

Materials

Onyx, Opal, Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.

About this Piece

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.

Turquoise

Turquoise is a mineral that occurs when water containing elements like copper and aluminium leach through rock. It's vivid blue-green colour is decided by the level of elements, more copper produces a greener colour, more zinc a yellower tone. It is a porous stone so to keep it looking beautiful for a long time avoid temperature swings, chemicals, cosmetics, perfumes and ultrasonic cleaners.