This vintage brooch pin is stunning, in part due to the very large size, which we rarely see in Native American jewelry today. But what stands out most is that creamy sky-blue turquoise with very little matrix, hallmark of the Globe, Arizona-based Sleeping Beauty mine. The brooch was made in the 1970s, which explains the size. These were the days when celebrities like Sonny and Cher wore squash blossom necklaces on their show and the demand for big turquoise was at its peak. The piece is unsigned, not uncommon for jewelry from this era. The setting is "petit point," which originated with Zuni Pueblo silversmiths but also a form that Navajo silversmiths use in jewelry making. This brooch does have characteristics of the works of Zuni master Fannie Weebothee Ondelacy. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most collectible types of turquoise in the world, more so since the mine closed about ten years ago. And to see so much of it in a single brooch like this, in a form of artistry that is exacting and laborious--well, the result is both gorgeous and rare today. The piece came to me from the previous owner of a trading post whose collection is from the 1970s to 1980s, when she sold off her portion of the business.
Measures about 3-5/8" wide by 3" tall, and weighs a substantial 50g, which is about what a heavy bracelet might weigh. In excellent condition. I have kept on the back the identifying information written in black marker.
A collectible statement piece.
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