Vintage Navajo needlepoint turquoise earrings Native America Indian jewelry boho chic

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At a pawn shop in the Four Corners region, I found two pairs of earrings, both needlepoint and both by the same artist. One was multi-stone and sold shortly after I listed it, and the second was this pair, all turquoise, and super gorgeous. Made by renowned Navajo artist Johnson Yazzie, they feature thirteen narrow and long cabochons of light blue turquoise, likely Sleeping Beauty. You can see the hand shaping of the stones, which is a feat itself given the extremely narrow sawtooth bezels into which the stones are placed. Not surprising that the earrings are gorgeous, as Yazzie is known for his artistry. From a Wikipedia entry on the artist: "Yazzie Johnson was born October 25, 1946 in Winslow, Arizona. His father, Matthew Johnson, was from Leupp, Arizona and his mother, Marilyn, was from Sanostee, New Mexico, both from the Navajo Nation. Both his parents worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Inter-Mountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah where he met Gail Bird at age fourteen. He was influenced at an early age by one of the teachers at the School, Dooley D. Shorty, who was a silversmith (and had been a Navajo Code Talker in World War II). Johnson enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1966 and served in Germany and Vietnam. He studied at University of California Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder."

The earrings measure 1-1/2″ long by 13/16" wide at the widest point. The silver plate onto which the stones are set has a series f raindrops in the background, and a beautiful natural oxidation that comes from the passing of time. I do not recommend cleaning the earrings at all, as that oxidation adds not only depth but also mystery. Signed on the back by the artist.

Beautiful needlepoint--one of the most beautiful forms of Native American artistry.


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