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SOLD Vintage 1980's Navajo Denim Lapis Necklace

Native American Vintage Jewellery
1980's

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$220.00

Stunning c.1980's vintage Navajo Native American sterling silver vintage necklace. Gorgeous hand carved, leaf design with generous denim lapis pieces with pyrite flecks, box link chain, stamped sterling silver - nice weight , amazing vintage necklace, rich coloured stones and a SUPERB setting.

These authentic pieces of vintage jewellery are handcrafted by Native American silversmiths between the 40's - 80's. If they are not marked, they test Sterling Silver; they are Navajo, Zuni and Hopi made - it is not uncommon for the makers not to sign them. They are hand wrought so many have a handcrafted look to them, stunning vintage pieces - they will come with some patina on them, as level of polish is a matter of taste.

Item Details

Size

Pendant 4.5cm 7.5cm x (when held together), Chain 52cm

Weight

36 Grams

Hallmark

Unmarked, which is common among older Native American jewellery, tests 925 Sterling Silver.

Materials

Denim Lapis, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. No scratches or chips - just stunning!

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.

Denim Lapis

Denim lapis is a natural lapis lazuli stone that has a higher calcite content - which lightens it's colour. Like lapis lazuli, you can recognise the stone by the tiny gold flecks of pyrite (or fools gold).